Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
Cyrenius Wait Papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Housed with multiple collections.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
73M6: [identification of item], Cyrenius Wait papers, 1790-1950, bulk 1830-1859, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
0.6 Cubic feet
2 boxes, 1 item
Massachusetts born Cyrenius Wait (1794-1868) was a businessman, politician, and farmer, who came to Kentucky in 1818 and acquired extensive land holdings in Pulaski County. He became a successful businessman with interests in coal mining, farming, and mercantile ventures as well as unusual enterprises such as salt making and silk production. Wait served as state school commissioner for Pulaski and Casey Counties in 1843 and as a senator in the Kentucky legislature in 1850. Additionally, he was a president of the Somerset branch of Farmer's Bank and an agent for the Mutual Life Insurance Company.
The Cyrenius Wait papers comprise correspondence, receipts, land grants, account books, and business records, illuminating Wait's career as a Kentucky entrepreneur. The account books document Wait's financial transactions, while the correspondence and business records chronicle his business dealings throughout Kentucky. Additionally, the papers contain school records, genealogical records, the correspondence of Wait's heirs in the 19th and 20th centuries, and a modern transcription of William Wait's diary. The diary describes the journey William Wait, Cyrenius Wait's brother, took from Massachusetts to Kentucky in 1818 and 1819.
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