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Resigned from Buchanan's Cabinet and fought for the Confederacy.
Signature: "Howell Cobb" as Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury, 1p, 4x1¾. Cut from printed letter. Cobb represented Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat (1843-1851, 1855-1857), serving as Speaker of the House from 1849-1851. He was Governor of Georgia (1851-1853) and served as Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury from 1857 to December 10, 1860, when he resigned. Cobb personally opposed secession. He was Chairman of the convention of delegates from the seceded states, which assembled in Montgomery, Alabama on February 24, 1861 to form a Confederate government. In July 1861, Cobb accepted a commission as Colonel in the Confederate Army and was later commissioned a Major General. He saw action at Shiloh and Antietam and surrendered at Macon, Georgia on April 20, 1864. Mounting remnants on verso slightly show through. Lightly stained on signature side, marginally affecting the "bb" in Cobb.

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Born: September 7, 1815 in Cherry Hill, Georgia
Died: October 9, 1868 in New York City, New York

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