WENTWORTH, John, 1815-1888


Guide to Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: In the James and Myra Bradwell Papers, 1864-1884, 7 items.
Correspondents include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the Horace Butler Papers, 1794-1933, 2.73 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Wentworth.


Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1836-1888, approximately 260 items.
The papers of John Wentworth contain letters, articles, and memoirs by, to, or about Wentworth (ca. 190 items) and deeds and other legal documents (ca. 70 items). The letters include Wentworth’s responses (ca. 1876-1886, 130 items) to requests from Adolphus Skinner Hubbard and Albert D. Hager of the Chicago Historical Society for information about early Chicago. Includes a typed account of the first libel suit in Chicago (1842); a biography by E. M. Haines; and a commemorative volume on Wentworth’s role in the Illinois Constitutional Convention of 1862. Topics relate to his career as editor and publisher of the Chicago Democrat and as U.S. Congressman and Mayor of Chicago.

Papers: 1860, 3 pages.
A letter from Abraham Lincoln to John Wentworth written on February 9, 1860. The letter is a reply to Wentworth’s letter of Feb. 7th, Lincoln suggests how Wentworth and Norman B. Judd may ameliorate their feud, which is damaging the Republican Party.

Papers: 1886, 1 item.
A letter from an unidentified author to John Wentworth written on April 10, 1886. In the letter appears an annotation by John Wentworth which states that Dr. Walker was a leading physician in Chicago when Wentworth arrived on Oct. 25, 1836.

Papers: In the James Franklin Aldrich Papers, 1841-1932, approximately 400 items.
Persons represented include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the Isaac N. Arnold Papers, 1860-1885, 0.5 linear foot.
Correspondents include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the David Davis Papers, ca. 1815-1964, 9 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the Hardin Family Papers, ca. 1733-1943, 9 linear feet.
Persons represented include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the Horatio Hill Papers, 1828-1884, 132 items.
Persons represented include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the Edmund Stoughton Kimberly Papers, 1811-1863, 138 items.
Subjects include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the Abraham Lincoln Papers, 1860, 3 pages.
A letter from Abraham Lincoln, Springfield (Ill.), to John Wentworth, [Chicago, Ill.]. In reply to Wentworth’s letter of Feb. 7th, Lincoln suggests how Wentworth and Norman B. Judd may ameliorate their feud, which is damaging the Republican Party.

Papers: In the Logan Uriah Reavis Papers, ca. 1844-1888, 70 items.
Correspondents include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the Joseph Vial Collection, ca. 1811-1892, 62 items.
Correspondents include John Wentworth.


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1836, 1 petition.
The petition, 1836 June 30, is to the Faculty of Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. and the signers, including John Wendworth, requests reinstatement after dismissal due to remarks derogatory of the faculty of Dartmouth College made at a public meeting.

Papers: 1860-1861, 3 items.
Two letters from John Wentworth to Richard Yates, supporting Yates for governor of Illinois; one letter from Joseph Knox toYates, with Wentworth’s statement of agreement, discussing the need for regulations concerning the formation of companies of troops under acceptable officers.


The George Washington University
Special Collections Research Center, Gelman Library
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Wentworth Family Papers, ca. 1902-1926, 4.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include John Wentworth.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1853-1857, 1876-1879, 1884. 9 items.
Letters regarding pension laws and personal affairs. Finding aid in repository.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana, ca. 1824-1933, 10 linear feet.
Correspondents include John Wentworth.

Papers: In the J. M. I. St. Cyr Letters 1880, 2 items.
Two letters from J. M. I. St. Cyr (1880 Jan. 19 and Jan. 30) to John Wentworth in which St. Cyr describes his experiences as priest at the first Roman Catholic church in Chicago, Ill.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: June 2, 1873. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.


Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1846, 1 item.
A petition to James K. Polk, Washington, created on May 16, 1846. The petition from the Members of the Illinois congressional delegation requests that Jacob B. Backenstos be appointed captain of a new regiment to be raised in their state. John Wentworth is one of the signers.


Western Reserve University
Adelbert College
Cleveland, OH
Papers: In the John Hay Correspondence, 1854-1914, “Watts” to ”Willamov,” approximately 6,000 items.
Other authors include John Wentworth.