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Cornelia Dyer Heile Letter, 1928 May 27

 File — Box: 4258.001, Folder: 4

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one letter written by Cornelia Dyer Heile to a man she calls Mr. Reynolds on May 27, 1928. It is evidently a response to Reynolds's inquiry about reminiscences of the "Greatest man the world has ever known": Abraham Lincoln. Heile recounts a childhood meeting with Lincoln shortly after the election of 1860, her memories of his assassination and of his body lying in state in Chicago, and of going to school with Lincoln's son Tad after his father's assassination.


  • 1928 May 27

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Biographical / Historical

Cornelia Dyer was the daughter of Dr. Charles Volney and Louisa Dyer of Chicago. She was born on October 7, 1851. She married Adolph Heile on November 4, 1870, in Chicago. (Source:, accessed on June 15, 2011.)


From the Collection: 0.4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Combined with Wade Hall Collection of American Political Materials; formerly MSS.1821.

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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266