HOLMAN, William Steele

HOLMAN, William Steele
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1822–1897

Biography

HOLMAN, William Steele, a Representative from Indiana; born near Aurora, Dearborn County, Ind., September 6, 1822; attended the common schools and Franklin College, Franklin, Ind.; taught in the public schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; judge of the probate court 1843-1846; prosecuting attorney 1847-1849; member of the State constitutional convention in 1850; member of the State house of representatives in 1851 and 1852; judge of the court of common pleas 1852-1856; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth, Thirty-seventh, and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1865); not a candidate for reelection to the Thirty-ninth Congress; elected to the Fortieth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1877); chairman, Committee on Appropriations (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Forty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for election to the Forty-fifth Congress; elected to the Forty-seventh and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1895); chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Fiftieth Congress), Committee on Appropriations (Fifty-second Congress), Committee on Indian Affairs (Fifty-third Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Fifty-fourth Congress; again elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1897, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 22, 1897; interment in Veraestau Cemetery, Aurora, Ind.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Indiana Historical Society

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: Holman-O'Brien papers, 1827-1893. 1 box. Chiefly Holman's letters on political and personal business to Cornelius O'Brien, William H. O'Brien, and William D.H. Hunter; also letters to constituents. Described in published guide. Inventory in repository.

Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1838-1899. 140 items. Letters from constituents regarding political issues.
Papers: 1842-1864. ca. 60 letters. In the Allen Hamilton papers. Concerning family business, national legislation, policies of the Republican Party, and the Lincoln Administration. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Blake, I. George (Israel George). The Holmans of Veraestau. Oxford, Ohio: The Mississippi Valley Press, 1943.

Holman, William Steele. Post-office appropriation bill--the railway postal service ... Speech of Hon. William S. Holman, of Indiana, in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, March 11, 1884. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884].

------. Reconstruction. Washington: McGill & Witherow, printers, 1864.

------. Right of secession--the impending crisis. Speech of William S. Holman, of Indiana, on the State of the Union, delivered in the House of Representatives, January 16, 1861. Washington: M'Gill & Witherow, printers, 1861.

Robinson, James M. Memorial addresses of Hon. J. M. Robinson, of Indiana, upon the life and character of Hon. Wm. S. Holman, (late a Representative from the state of Indiana). Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1897.

Sulzer, William. The late Hon. W. S. Holman. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1897.

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