Ewing signs a sentiment on a 7¼x3¼ page
Autograph Sentiment Signed: "I am very Respectfully/Yours/T.
Ewing", cut from a letter, recipient's name in Ewing's hand at lower left.
1p, 7¼x3¼. Thomas Ewing (1789-1871) served as U.S. Senator from Ohio from
1831-1837. President William Henry Harrison appointed him Secretary of the
Treasury March 5, 1841. Harrison died on April 4, 1841 and was succeeded by
Vice President John Tyler. Ewing served until September 13, 1841, when
Tyler's Cabinet, with the notable exception of Secretary of State Daniel
Webster, resigned in protest to a Tyler veto of a financial bill. Ewing
was the first U.S. Secretary of the Interior, appointed by President Zachary
Taylor, serving from March 8, 1849 to July 23, 1850. He resigned to return to
the Senate, filling an unexpired term but defeated for re-election. Ewing was
the foster father of Union general William Tecumseh Sherman (who was baptized in
Ewing's home), and later Sherman's father in law. His son, Thomas Ewing,
Jr., was also a Union general in the Civil War. President Andrew Johnson
nominated Ewing for another Cabinet post, Secretary of War, in 1868, but the
Senate, enraged at the firing of Secretary William Stanton, refused to consider
his nomination. Notes in unknown hand at lower blank area. Heavy mounting
remnants on verso show through. Lightly yellowed, stained and creased. Folds do
not touch signature. 1/8-inch separation at vertical fold touches "p" in
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