As US Representative, he orders the Printer to preserve a
Autograph Note signed: "N. P. Banks", 1 page, 5½x7½.
Washington, D.C. 1878 May 8. On House of Representatives letterhead,
in full: "The Printer will please preserve the MSS as no other copy of
the figures exists, & return it with the proof". Soldier and statesman
Nathaniel Prentice Banks was born in Waltham in 1816 and died there in 1894.
Elected to Congress in 1852 as a Democrat, in 1854 as the American Party
candidate and in 1856 as a Republican, Banks served from 1853 to December 24,
1857, when he resigned to become Governor of Massachusetts (1858-1861). From
1855-1857, Banks was Speaker of the House. Although he advocated peace,
Banks was one of the first to volunteer for the Union Army, and he was
appointed Major General of Volunteers in 1861. Despite a lack of
battlefield expertise, Banks often rallied outnumbered troops. For a short time
in 1862, he was in charge of defenses for Washington, D.C., and he
participated in campaigns at Vicksburg and New Orleans. Banks returned to
Congress at war's end, serving as a Republican from 1865-1873, 1875-1879 and
1889-1891. He also served as a U.S. Marshal (1879-1888), having been
appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Toned and creased. Multiple mailing
folds. Edges lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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MAJOR GENERAL NATHANIEL P. BANKS
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