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Manuscript Group 474
JOHN F. HARTRANFT - SHIREMAN FAMILY PAPERS
1865-1899
(4 microfilm rolls)


John F. Hartranft served as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1872 to 1879. Born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1830, he served both in local government and the local militia, and raised a regiment of Montgomery County militia in April of 1861 to serve in the Civil War. Hartranft was later named Colonel of the 51st Regiment Volunteer Infantry, participating in several major battles, and rose to the rank of Brevet Major General. Following the Civil War, Hartranft was appointed Special Provost Marshall, and given responsibility for the care and final execution of the conspirators convicted in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Hartranft became Auditor General of Pennsylvania in 1865, serving two terms, and was elected as Governor of Pennsylvania in 1872. As Governor, he was involved in the ratification of a new state constitution, the Centennial of Pennsylvania, and such labor issues as railroad strikes and the trials of the Molly Maguires. Following his years as governor, Hartranft was active in various organizations, and was appointed Major General commanding the Pennsylvania National Guard. He died on October 17, 1889. These materials consist of microfilm copies of the John F. Hartranft's papers, including Post-Governorship Records, 1879-1899 on microfilm rolls #4640-4641 and National Guard and Grand Army of the Republic Records, 1865-1888 on microfilm rolls #6106 & 6107. For related types of materials see also the Governor John F. Hartranft Correspondence and Issues Files in Record Group 10, the John F. Hartranft Papers, 1853-1897 (Manuscript Group 144), the Hartranft-Stockham-Shireman Family Photographs (Manuscript Group 461), and the Records of Brevet Major General John Frederick Hartranft as Special Provost Marshal for the Trial and Execution of the Assassins of President Lincoln (National Archives Record Group 393) in the NARA Affiliated Archives.



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