NATHANIEL P. BANKS
Full-length image of Banks in uniform, posed with his saber, affixed
to the original 2¼x4 carte-de-visite
Photograph Mount signed: "N. P. Banks", 2¼x4 carte-de-visite,
signed on the mount. Formal pose in uniform. Soldier and statesman Nathaniel
Prentiss Banks (1816-1894) was elected to Congress in 1852 as a
Democrat, in 1854 as the American Party candidate and in 1856 as a Republican.
He served from 1853 to Dec. 24, 1857 (Speaker of the House,
1855-1857), when he resigned to become Governor of Massachusetts
(1858-1861). 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. Although not a great success as a military commander,
Banks made important early contributions to the Union cause, boosting
recruitment and taking measures to forestall the seccession of Maryland. 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 to 1873, 1875 to
1879 and 1889 to 1891. He also served as a U.S. Marshal (1879-1888),
having been appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Lightly soiled. Lightly
worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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MAJOR GENERAL NATHANIEL P. BANKS
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