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Indiana's Congressional Districts (1821-1911)

To determine representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, Indiana was divided into numbered Congressional districts (NOTE: These districts are not the same as the districts that were used to determine representation in the Indiana House of Representatives). Over time, the population grew and shifted. As a result, more Congressional districts were added, and the boundaries of existing Congressional districts were changed - for example, in the 1911 redistricting, Indiana's 7th District consisted only of Marion County. The annual report of Indiana's Secretary of State for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1916 listed Indiana's Congressional districts by county for the redistricting that was done in 1821, 1831, 1833, 1842, 1852, 1867, 1872, 1879, 1885, 1891, 1895, 1901 and 1911. We have put this listing into an easier-to-read table format:

Indiana's Congressional Districts 1821-1911 (PDF)

Knowing what Congressional district an Indiana county was in at a particular time can be helpful in your research, particularly when it comes to federal records. The Civil War draft registration of 1863 and the Internal Revenue Service income tax lists that began in the 1860's are among the records that are grouped by Congressional district.

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