MG 442 - Hastings Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence of Daniel H. Hastings from 1890 to 1900. Several letters were written by Daniel Hastings, but the majority of the letters were received by him during his term as governor of Pennsylvania, 1895-1898. One letter was sent to him at his home in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, after his retirement from office.


Daniel Hartman Hastings, b. 1849, d. 1903, spent his early years in education as principal of the academy in Bellefonte and superintendent of schools of the borough. He later was admitted to the bar of Centre County and practiced law until 1888, when he became interested in the coal industry in Cambria County. He joined the National Guard and rose to the rank of adjutant-general in 1884. He was active, also, in politics and made the nominating speech of General Beaver at the convention of 1886. He became known for oratory by a speech nominating John Sherman for the presidency. He was a candidate for the nomination for governor in 1890, but was defeated. Four years later he was nominated for governor and was elected. His administration was marked by careful attention he devoted to legislation. He retired to his home in Bellefonte after his term and died as the result of an attack of pneumonia in 1903 at the age of fifty-four years. He was married to Jane Armstrong Rankin in 1877. The Rankin family was prominent in central Pennsylvania. Governor and Mrs. Hastings had two daughters: Helen Rankin and Sarah Fullerton.

Date(s): 1890-1900

Extent: 1 folder, 43 enclosures