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A letter from the Pennsylvania Governor saying he will be unable to attend a Republican Club of New York dinner due to a prior engagement in Ohio
Typed letter signed: "James A. Beaver", in black ink, 2 pages, 8x10½. January 30, 1888. Pennsylvania. In part: "My dear Sir: Your kind letter of the 24th instant, inviting me to be present at the second annual dinner of the Republican Club of New York, on Saturday evening, February 11th proximo, has been received. I have already accepted the invitation of the Ohio Republican League to be present at their gathering at Columbus on the 13th of February". James A. Beaver (1837-1914) served as the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1887 to 1891. After graduating from college, Beaver began practicing law, but took a break to volunteer for a local military company. He served as second lieutenant for the company during the Civil War, fighting for the Union, and being so well regarded as a leader that his units were often confused for full time soldiers. After the war ended, Beaver again pursued law, being elected to the board of trustees of Pennsylvania State College. He was often asked to run for public office, but did not do so until 1881, losing to his opponent. Beaver was elected in 1887, and served for one term. Multiple folds. Top margin worn and torn. Toned. Lightly soiled. Corners worn and creased. Binding holes in left margin. Surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 21, 1837 in Millerstown, Pennsylvania
Died: January 31, 1914 in Pennsylvania

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