Signed autograph letter (1859), thanking a Cleveland man for some
Autograph Letter signed: "C Cushing", 1 page, 4½x7. Washington,
D.C., 1859 March 25. To James A. Briggs, Cleveland. In full: "I
have received your favor of the 10th and though I have but time for a card I
cannot bear to delay saying how grateful I am to you for the expositions it
contains. I am yours truly". Caleb Cushing (1800-1879), a Democrat,
represented his Massachusetts district in the US Congress (1835-1843).
After the Senate rejected his nomination to be President Tyler's Secretary of
the Treasury, Tyler appointed him US Minister to China (1843-1845), where he
negotiated the first treaty between the two nations. During the Mexican
War, Cushing raised, equipped and commanded a volunteer regiment, seeing no
combat there. After two failed runs for Governor of Massachusetts and a year on
that State's Supreme Judicial Court, he served as US Attorney General under
President Pierce (1853-1857). A "doughface" northern Democrat who supported
the South on the issue of slavery, Cushing presided over the Democratic National
Convention at Baltimore in 1860, until he walked out with southern Democrats.
Then he presided over the Charleston convention which nominated James
Breckinridge for President. Although he remained loyal to the Union during
the Civil War, his southern sympathies dogged the rest of his career. When
President Grant nominated him for the US Supreme Court, Senate opposition
compelled withdrawal of the nomination (the second time Cushing had been
rebuffed for a Cabinet post). Cushing served as US Minister to Columbia and
then to Spain. Horizontal and vertical fold creases - not affecting signature.
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