WILDMAN, Zalmon, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Danbury, Fairfield County, Conn., February 16, 1775; completed preparatory studies; manufacturer of hats; established the first hat stores in Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., in 1802; first president of Danbury National Bank 1824-1826; member of the State house of representatives in 1818 and 1819; appointed postmaster of Danbury, Conn., and served from April 9, 1805, to May 26, 1835; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1835, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 10, 1835; interment in Wooster Cemetery, Danbury, Conn.

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External Research Collections

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: 1800-1875, 1.75 cubic feet. Business correspondence of Zalmon Wildman relating to land purchases, health conditions, supplies, construction, and Indian affairs in Ohio, Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad, sale of household goods, and Connecticut manufacturing. Contact repository for more information.
Papers: 1812-1828, 2 items. Two handwritten letters, one of Aug. 4, 1812 from Zalmon Wildman to his wife, Polly, regarding his plans to leave Canfield, Ohio to come home after he recuperates from the fever. The second letter of Nov. 4 1828 from Burr Higgins in Sandusky, Ohio inquires about Wildman's interest in selling his land near Sandusky.
Papers: In the Jessup Nash Couch Correspondence, 1816-1819, 2 items. Two autograph letters written to Jessup N. Couch of Chillicothe, Ohio from Zalmon Wildman of Danbury, Conn. concerning the appointment of Major [Joseph] Strong as a Judge in Huron County, Ohio and from Jeremiah Emlen of Philadelphia concerning the transfer of funds.

Rutherford B. Hayes Library

Fremont, OH
Papers: In the Charles E. Frohman Collection, ca. 1805-1861, 0.5 linear foot. Persons represented include Zalman Wildman. The bulk of the materials related to Zalman Wildman consist of 200 photocopies of the Wildman Papers held by the Ohio Historical Society, while the remainder consists of approximately forty original letters.

University of South Carolina
South Caroliniana Library

Columbia, SC
Papers: 1812-1840. 67 items. Chiefly correspondence of Zalmon Wildman from Charleston, S.C., and Danbury, Conn., of E.M. Starr, William Waters, and Samuel G. Starr re operation of Wildman's business, Wildman and Starr, in Charleston, S.C., re city politics, cotton prices, business conditions, and recent outbreak of yellow fever.

Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In the Wildman Family Papers, 1803-1877, 2.5 linear feet. Principal figure in the papers is Zalmon Wildman.
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