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His signature as US Ambassador to Mexico
Signature: "Powell Clayton/Ambassador of the/United States/at Mexico", 6½x2. Powell Clayton (1833-1914) moved to Kansas with his brothers in 1855, becoming a civilian engineer at Fort Leavenworth. In 1861 he was commissioned lieutenant colonel, later colonel, of the 5th Kansas Cavalry, serving throughout the Civil War and seeing action in Missouri and Arkansas. Marrying an Arkansas woman and remaining there after the war, intent on a business career, he was drawn into the volatile politics of the State in the Reconstruction era. He was Republican Governor of Arkansas (1868-1871) and US Senator (1871-1877). He was accused of corruption and financial mismanagement, but many of these charges came from Democrats who opposed his commitment to protect equal rights for African-Americans in the state. He was appointed US Ambassador to Mexico by President McKinley in 1897. Moving to Eureka Springs in his later years, he played a key role in turning that town into a popular resort destination. Toned. Irregularly cropped bottom edge. Small nicks at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: August 7, 1833 in Bethel, Pennsylvania
Died: August 25, 1914 in Washington, District of Columbia

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