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Title: Frederick Walker Pitkin Collection, 1857-1878

ID: COLL/193

Primary Creator: Pitkin, Frederick Walker (1837-1886)

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description


Attorney and politician. The collection includes two bound notebooks containing lectures given at the Albany Law School and briefs with a topical index.

Biographical Note

Frederick Walker Pitkin was born in Manchester, Connecticut on August 31, 1837. Pitkin attended college at Wesleyan University. He went off to Albany Law School to earn his law degree in 1859. After graduation he journeyed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and launched his law career at the law firm of Palmer, Hooker, and Pitkin. Pitkin became ill and resigned from the law firm to travel to Europe to find a cure. After his health stabilized, Pitkin moved to Colorado. While in Colorado he returned to practicing law and invested in mining. In 1879 Pitkin became Governor of Colorado and won a second term in 1881. During his time in office, he dealt in in the railway dispute between the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, and the Denver & Rio Grande Companies, uprising of the Ute Indians at the Battle of Milk Creek; and the Leadville Strike. Pitkin attempted to run for the U.S. Senate, but was unsuccessful. After his tenure was over he returned to his law practice. Frederick Walker Pitkin passed away on December 18, 1886 in Pueblo, Colorado.

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[Series 1: Notebooks, 1857-1878],

Series 1: Notebooks --- 1857-1878
Box 1
Folder 1: Notebook volume: "Lectures Albany Law School December 1st 1857" --- 1857-1858
Folder 2: Notebook volume: Briefs with a topical index --- 1858-1878

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