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Title Letter [manuscript]: Office Indian Agent, Lapwai, Idaho Territory, to Rufus Ingalls, New York [N.Y.], 1870 July 12
Author Beall, Thomas B. (1832-1921)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: August 3, 1870, letter from Thomas B. Beall to Rufus Ingalls, then chief quartermaster of the Division of the Atlantic, asking Ingalls to use his influence with the President in gaining Beall an appointment to the position of agent at the Nez Percé Agency. On the verso, Ingalls appended an Aug. 3, 1870, note to the commissioner of Indian affairs, Ely Samuel Parker, supporting Beall’s application.
Names Parker, Ely Samuel (1828-1895); Ingalls, Rufus (1818-1893)
Places Lapwai, Idaho, New York, United States
Keywords agent, Office of Indian Affairs
Theme American Indians and the US Government
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast, Great Plains
Additional Information

Despite Ingalls’ efforts, John A. Simms was named agent, but never served, and was replaced in 1871 by John B. Monteith.

Thomas Baell was an Idaho pioneer. Son of Col. Benjamin L. Beall, career army officer and commander of the Dept. of the Columbia at the onset of the Civil War, Thomas B. Beall was employed in the 1850’s as an army wagon master at Fort Tejon, Calif., and in Washington, where he participated in Col. Steptoe’s 1858 expedition across the Snake River. Beall went to work for the Indian Dept. in 1859, building the agency for the Nez Percé at Lapwai, Idaho, under agent A.J. Cain. After an interlude as a ferry operator and miner (1862 to the late 1860’s), Beall returned to the Nez Percé Agency at Lapwai as superintendent of farming and remained there until 1871.

Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 61
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue