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Joseph Allen Minturn

Ohio & Indiana

"Minturn, Joseph Allen (June 20, 1861-April 3, 1943), lawyer, was born in Athens County. From the age of fifteen he was a resident of Indiana. In 1880 he graduated from Pennsylvania Military College. He then studied law and was admitted to the Indiana bar. He was widely known as a specialist in patent law."

[William Coyle (ed.), Ohio Authors and Their Books: Biographical Data and Selective Bibliographies for Ohio Authors, Native and Resident, 1796-1950 446 (Cleveland: World Publishing Co., for the Ohioana Library Association, 1962)] [Used with permission of the Ohioana Library Association]

"Miami Lodge," signed "Minturn-24," and labeled, "The Brown County Home of the Author Near Jackson's Branch," in Joseph Allen Minturn, Brown County Ballads 30 ([Indianapolis], 1928)

Minturn served in the Indiana Legislature in 1901. "He enlisted for service in the first world war, was discharged because of his age (he was fifty-five) but appealed, was reinstated and served overseas in the Quartermaster Corps, being discharged with the rank of captain."

[R. E. Banta, Indiana Authors and Their Books 1816-1916: Biographical Sketches of Authors Who Published During the First Century of Indiana Statehood with Lists of Their Books 222 (Crawfordsville, Indiana: Wabash College, 1949)(attributing information to the Indianapolis Star, April 4, 1943)]


Joseph Allen Minturn, The Puritans; An Historical Poem of America and the birth of freedom, with notes (Noblesville, Indiana: Butler Printing House, 1917)

________________, Brown County Ballads ([Indianapolis: s.n], 1928)

________________, Historical and Other Poems (Indianapolis: Globe Publishing Co., 1939)


Joseph Allen Minturn, Inventor's Friend; or Success with Patents (Indianapolis, 1893)

________________, Price-Regulation under Patents (Indianapolis: Minturn & Woerner, 1916)

________________, The American Spirit (Indianapolis: Globe Pub. Co., 1921) [online text]

________________, Frances Slocum of Miami Lodge; the dramatic story of the white girl that became an Indian princess and her relation to the stirring events through which the Northwest territory was wrested from the British and Indians (Indianapolis: Globe Pub. Co., 1928)