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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. BELKNAP - SIGNATURE(S) 12/08/1869 - HFSID 13723

 
WILLIAM W. BELKNAP. Signature: "Wm. W. Belknap/Sec'y. of War./Dec. 8. 1869", 5x2¾ printed autograph card. A Union Brigadier General in the Civil War, Belknap (1829-1890) became President Grant's Secretary of War on October 25, 1869. Belknap was charged with corruption in office, admitted receiving bribes for the appointment of Indian post-traders and resigned from the Cabinet on March 7, 1876. He was impeached by the House of Representatives, tried by the Senate and acquitted on the technical ground of lack of jurisdiction because he was no longer a government official. Lightly soiled. Signature slightly smudged at "ap". Otherwise, fine condition.


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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM W. BELKNAP
Born: September 22, 1829 in Newburgh, New York
Died: October 13, 1890 in Washington, District of Columbia





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