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  • Scripps-Speed Collection

The Scripps-Speed Collection is named for two prominent familes joined by the marriage of Dr. Joshua Speed and Virginia Ellen Scripps, daughter of Reverend John Scripps. Joshua Speed (1833-1900) was born in Danville, Kentucky, graduated from Center College there and then attended medical school at Keokuk, Iowa and the Rush Medical College in Chicago. He practiced medicine in Rushville and during the Civil War was assistant-surgeon in the provost marshal’s department of the Ninth Congressional District.  He was examining surgeon at the enrollment board in Mt. Sterling. 

His wife, Ellen, was the daughter of John Scripps, a Methodist preacher, merchant and newspaper publisher. He and his son J. C. Scripps published the Prairie Telegraph in Rushville1850-1854, until it burned down. J. C. continued on in the newspaper business.  Ellen and Joshua’s daughter married Everett R. McFadden.

The finding aid for the Scripps-Speed Family Papers, 1830-1909 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum may be found at

Photographs in this collection include images of Speed and Scripps family graves and individual portraits.

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