PARTY Opposition Party
CONGRESS(ES) 34th (1855-1857)
William CUMBACK Biography
CUMBACK, William, a Representative from Indiana; born near Mount Carmel, Franklin County, Ind., March 24, 1829; attended the common schools and was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; taught school two years; studied law at the Cincinnati Law School; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Greensburg, Ind., in 1853; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856; resumed the practice of law; appointed a paymaster in the Army and served throughout the Civil War; member of the State senate in 1866; Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in 1868; unsuccessful for election to the United States Senate in 1869; United States revenue collector 1871-1883; trustee of De Pauw University, Greencastle, Ind.; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor in 1896; died in Greensburg, Ind., July 31, 1905; interment in South Park Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
External Research Collections
Indiana Historical Society Indianapolis, IN Papers: 1867, 1 item. A letter from Will Cumback to Conrad Baker written on January 6, 1867. In the letter, Will Cumback offers, in the interest of party harmony, to refrain from seeking any state Republican office if he can be nominated an elector. The date of the letter is in question because it is stamp-receipted 1868. Indiana State Library Indianapolis, IN Papers: N.d., 38 pages. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, speeches, and etc. of Will Cumback. Papers: In the Jefferson Columbus Davis Papers, 1826-1873, 4 boxes. Subjects include Will Cumback. A finding aid is available in the repository and online. Indiana University Lilly Library Bloomington, IN Papers: In the William Steele Holman Papers, 1836-1998, amount unknown. Other authors include Will Cumback. University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections Department Iowa City, IA Papers: In the James Harlan Letters, 1856-1892, 36 items. Other authors include Will Cumback.
Cumback, Will. (William). Confucius and Solomon. A lecture delivered at the Acton Lecture Course, Acton, Ind., Aug. 3, 1881. (In Methodist Episcopal Church. Southeast Indiana Conference. Indianapolis District. Camp-Meeting Association. Acton lectures, 1881. p. -50). ——. The divine right of kings (a false assumption). An address by Will Cumback of Greensburg, Indiana, at the annual meeting of the Henry County Historical Society at New Castle, on the 30th of April, 1904. N.p., ca. 1904. ——. The growth and influence of american liberty. An address delivered before the Stamina Republican league at Cincinnati, O., November 28, 1903. [Cincinnati?: N.p., 1903]. ——. The liquor question. What shall be done with it in Indiana? Address … at Pendleton, Madison co., Indiana, May 9, 1884. N.p., 1884. ——. Men of progress. Indiana. A selected list of biographical sketches and portraits of the leaders in business, professional and official life. Together with brief notes on the history and character of Indiana. Indianapolis: Indianapolis Sentinel Co., 1899. ——. Speech of Hon. Will: Cumback, of Indiana, on the affairs in Kansas. Delivered in the House of Representatives, March 7, 1856. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1856. ——. Speech of Hon. Will. Cumback of Indiana on the politics of the country: Delivered in the House of Representatives December 17, 1856. Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1856. Hughes, James. Baker-Cumback correspondence; speech of Hon. James Hughes, Senator from the counties of Monroe and Lawrence, delivered in the Indiana Senate chamber, Friday afternoon, January 15, 1869. Indianapolis: N.p., 1869.