Finding aid for the Theodore E. Burton Papers

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Burton, Theodore E.
Title: Theodore E. Burton Papers
Dates: 1869-1958
Extent: 58.01 linear feet (58 containers, 64 oversize volumes, and 1 oversize folder)
Abstract: Theodore E. Burton (1851-1929) was a United States Representative (1889-1891, 1895-1909, and 1921-1928) and Senator (1909-1915 and 1928-1929) from Cleveland, Ohio. While in Congress, Burton was involved in a number of important issues of the day, and was also a prominent figure in Republican Party politics. He maintained a lifelong involvement in the international peace movement. Burton was a candidate in the 1907 Cleveland mayoral election, losing to Democrat Tom L. Johnson. A bachelor, he was close to his niece, Grace Burton, who became a political confidant, housekeeper, and companion to him in his later years. The collection consists of diaries, journals, appointment books, correspondence, reports, bills and government documents, minutes, notes and other memoranda, pamphlets, printed public remarks, speeches, articles, manuscripts, notebooks, account books, receipts, income tax returns, programs and other memorabilia, passports, address files, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks. Legislative issues Burton was involved with are well represented in the collection. These include inland waterways; the Inland Waterways Commission; financial, banking, and currency legislation; immigration restriction; postal, trade and tariff issues; the Panama Canal; political patronage; veterans' and pension affairs; and labor legislation. Local Cleveland, Ohio, issues are represented in the collection. These include the 1907 Cleveland mayoral race, construction of a federal building, local and Ohio politics, and the flood of 1913. Burton's dedication to the international peace movement is documented in the collection. The important role played by his niece Grace Burton is illustrated in her correspondence with her uncle, often demonstrating her own deep interest in local and national politics. Burton's own writings, especially research materials and manuscripts for his two major works, Financial Crises and John Sherman, make up a significant portion of the collection.
MS Number MS 3469
Location: closed stacks
Language: The records are in English