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The second Secretary of Agriculture in United States history signed this card
Signature: "J.M. Rusk", 3¾x2¼ card. Jeremiah McLain Rusk (1830-1893) was a United States military veteran and politician who served the country in a number of different positions. In 1862, Rusk joined the Union Army as a member of the 25th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Following the Civil War, he was brevetted to Brigadier General of volunteer forces. From 1871 to 1877, Rusk served as a United States Congressman in the House of Representatives. He was elected to be the 15th Governor of Wisconsin five years after his retirement from Congress and served as Governor from 1882 to 1889. President Benjamin Harrison appointed him Secretary of Agriculture in 1889, a position he served in for four years. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: June 17, 1830 in Malta, Ohio
Died: November 21, 1893 in Viroqua, Wisconsin

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