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John M. Read Family Letters

Identifier: M240


The John M. Read Letters consist of four letters sent by or to John M. Read of Philadelphia. The letters deal with legal matters and include some personal notes.


  • 1816-1859


Biographical / Historical

John Meredith Read was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1797 and graduate from the University of Pennsylavnia. He was an attorney and judge in Pennsylvania from 1818 to 1872, serving on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1858 to 1872. His son, also named John Meredith Read, was born in 1837 in Philadelphia. He studied at Brown University and Albany Law School and became an attorney in Albany, New York. From 1869 to 1879, he served as a diplomat of the US government in France and Greece.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Scope and Contents

The four letters deal with legal matters affecting John M. Read, father and son.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.


No further accruals are expected.


There is no accession record for this material. There is information in the card files on the Read family which indicates that someone was trying to gather information on the family. There is a note in the file dated 6-20-75 saying John Read - Ambassador -- Belongs to Mrs. Modisher's husband's family -- his father lawyer in Albany -- Grandfather 1st post master in Longmont (1880s). going to write to Bill Axford [Axford was director of the DU Library].

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