MG 091 - Shunk Collection

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Scope and Content

Consists of correspondence written by Francis R. Shunk, 1811-1848, including his letter of application to the Board of Canal Commissioners in 1829 and the first draft of his letter of resignation as governor of Pennsylvania in 1848; correspondence and papers of Caspar Shunk, 1839-1859, including the certificate of his appointment as Brigade Major with the rank of Captain of the Militia of the Counties of Berks, Lebanon and Dauphin, 1857.

Includes a large lithograph of Francis R. Shunk done in 1844.


Francis Rawn Shunk was born in 1788 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He was born into a poor family and much of his childhood and youth was devoted to manual labor. He managed to become a teacher and in 1812 he was selected to fill a clerkship in the department of Andrew Porter, surveyor general under the administration of Governor Snyder. He then began the study of law with Thomas Elder of Harrisburg and later became the principal clerk of the House of Representatives. He served as secretary of the board of canal commissioners and secretary of state. He was elected governor in 1845 and served until his death in 1848.

Date(s): 1811-1857

Extent: 1 folder, 13 enclosures