Map of Indiana, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

Map of Indiana, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

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A New Map of Indiana, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

During the same year that this map was published, Indiana state elections took place to collect 150 delegates for the Constitutional Convention. Convening in Indianapolis in October of 1850, it was only the second state Constitutional Convention since Indiana was granted statehood in 1816. The final constitution was approved in 1851. While slavery in the state was prohibited, the new constitution restricted rights for African Americans; they were still excluded from the right to vote. Luckily, this was overruled in 1869 when the US government passed the 15th Amendment, which granted all citizens the right to vote, regardless of race. 

Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.

Thomas, Cowperthwait, and Company was founded sometime in the early 1800s by Joseph Thomas and Hulings Cowperthwait. It operated under this name until 1853. The following year the company name changed to Cowperthwait, Desilver, and Butler. However, this configuration only lasted for about a year, before it became H. Cowperthwait & Company in 1856. After 1860, it appears the company experienced several more alterations, before ceasing publication at the end of the century.
- Mackenzie Pleskovic

Plate size: 14.5" x 11.5"

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

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