CHIEF JUSTICE MORRISON R. WAITE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/22/1874 - HFSID 3775
MORRISON R. WAITE Morrison R. Waite sends a political autograph letter about the upcoming election. Political ALS: "M.R. Waite" as Chief Justice, 2p, 4½x7, front and verso. Washington, D.C., 1874 November 22. To W. Butler Duncan.
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MORRISON R. WAITE
Morrison R. Waite sends a political autograph letter about the upcoming election.
Political ALS: "M.R. Waite" as Chief Justice, 2p, 4½x7, front and verso. Washington, D.C., 1874 November 22. To W. Butler Duncan. In full: "Yrs of yesterday is just at hand. We've all heard of that election and are waiting to see what'll come of it. Good thing to be in for life. I am not likely to be consulted in respect to the appointment of a successor to the Honorable Richard, but if such a thing should be, your endorsement is good. I have not heard a successor named. Judge Bradley, you know, has that circuit and it is possible his attention has been called to it. I see you have already placed our friend 'Sammy' in training for the White House. Are you going to let him shove Thurman off the track?" Waite, appointed by Grant, had succeeded Salmon P. Chase as Chief Justice the previous January 21st. He served until his death in 1888. "Sammy," no doubt, was the newly elected Governor of New York, SAMUEL J. TILDEN. ALLEN G. THURMAN had represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate since 1869, and at the Democratic National Convention held in St. Louis in June, 1876, he was one of eight Democrats nominated for President. Tilden won the nomination and lost in the disputed election won by Republican Hayes. The commission appointed to count the electoral votes was supposed to be bipartisan with seven Republicans, seven Democrats, and one independent, but when the independent, Supreme Court Justice David Davis, resigned to become a U.S. Senator, Associate Justice JOSEPH P. BRADLEY, a Republican, was substituted. All twenty disputed electoral votes went to Hayes strictly on party lines (8-7) and Tilden lost the presidency 185 electoral votes to 184. In 1888, Thurman ran for Vice President with President Cleveland seeking reelection, but lost to the Harrison-Morton ticket. Political letters written by Supreme Court Justices are rarely encountered. Plastic tape stains on both pages and touch 5 words and just touch the 't' in Waite.
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