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Handwritten sentiment of the former US Congressman and Cabinet officer
Autograph Sentiment signed: "Very truly,/George S. Boutwell18th /July 1885", 3½x2½. Three squiggles above the closing may be intended to prevent anything else from being written there. George Sewell Boutwell (1818-1905) was elected as a Democrat to two 1-year terms as Governor of Massachusetts (1851-1853). Joining the new Republican Party, he was appointed by President Lincoln as the first Commissioner of Internal Revenue. During three terms in the US House (1863-1869), he was one of the special prosecutors appointed by that body for the Senate impeachment trial of President Johnson. He was Secretary of the Treasury under President Grant (1869-1873) until elected to finish Vice President Henry Wilson's term in the US Senate (1873-1877). After leaving the Senate, Boutwell wrote several books, including a well-respected treatise on the US Constitution. He practiced law, and served on three international arbitration panels, including - in 1885 - one involving Haitian claims. He had turned down an offer from President Arthur to become Secretary of the Treasury in 1884. Increasingly unhappy with the Republican Party's foreign policy, Boutwell became President of the Anti-Imperialist League, and served as a Presidential Elector for Democrat William Jennings Bryan in 1900. Lightly toned. Minor smears in signature (legible). Mounting residue on verso. Ink stain near top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: January 28, 1818 in Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: February 27, 1905 in Groton, Massachusetts

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