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BRIGADIER GENERAL POWELL CLAYTON - SIGNATURE(S) - HFSID 34334

 
BRIGADIER GENERAL POWELL CLAYTON
Signature of the former Civil War cavalry officer and Reconstruction era Arkansas Governor and US Senator
Signature: "Powell Clayton/Arkansas", 3½x2 card. Powell Clayton (1833-1914) moved to Kansas with his brothers in 1855, becoming a civilian engineer at Fort Leavenworth. In 1861 he was commissioned lieutenant colonel, later colonel, of the 5th Kansas Cavalry, serving throughout the Civil War and seeing action in Missouri and Arkansas, brevetted to brigadier general. Marrying an Arkansas woman and remaining there after the war, intent on a business career, he was drawn into the volatile politics of the State in the Reconstruction era. He was Republican Governor of Arkansas (1868-1871) and US Senator (1871-1877). He was accused of corruption and financial mismanagement, but many of these were politically motivated charges by opponents of his efforts to protect the rights of African-Americans. He was appointed US Ambassador to Mexico by President McKinley in 1897. Moving to Eureka Springs in his later years, he played a key role in turning that town into a popular resort destination. Toned. Edges worn with small nicks and tears. Adhesive residue on verso. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.


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BRIGADIER GENERAL POWELL CLAYTON
Born: August 7, 1833 in Bethel, Pennsylvania
Died: August 25, 1914 in Washington, District of Columbia





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