MG 687 - Hartranft, John F. Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a certificate from the Auditor General's office to the W. D. Sherrerd Company granting a license to transact business in Pennsylvania, signed by John F. Hartranft; correspondence written by John Hartranft in 1886 concerning transportation for troops; a photo card describing John F. Hartranft as a government executioner of four conspirators in 1865 and nineteen Molly Maguires as Pennsylvania Governor 1877-79; a souvenir program for the unveiling of the Hartranft monument in Capitol Park, 1899.


John F. Hartranft was born in 1830, died in 1889. He was educated at Marshall College and then Union College in New York, distinguishing himself in mathematics and civil engineering. He later studied law and was admitted to practice in 1859. He was active in militia organizations and when the civil war broke out he offered the services of his regiment. He distinguished himself in many battles and gained the rank of brevet major general. In 1865 he was elected auditor general of Pennsylvania and re-elected for a second term. In 1872 he was elected governor of Pennsylvania and served two terms, 1873-1879.

Date(s): 1871-1899

Extent: 3 folders, 4 enclosures