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GEORGE H. WILLIAMS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/13/1873 - HFSID 33774

GEORGE H. WILLIAMS He penned this letter on U. S. Department of Justice stationery in 1873, when he was U. S. Attorney General, in response questions about him and the selection of state Attorney Generals Autograph Letter Signed: "Geo. H. Williams".

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GEORGE H. WILLIAMS
He penned this letter on U. S. Department of Justice stationery in 1873, when he was U. S. Attorney General, in response questions about him and the selection of state Attorney Generals
Autograph Letter Signed: "Geo. H. Williams". 2 pages, 4¼x7, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, on United States Department of Justice stationery. May 13, 1873. In full: "My dear Sir Your letter of the 8th inst is received I have been Atty General since this 10th of January AD1872 Atty Genl's for this states are either elected by the people or [illegible] by this Governor of this state in which they serve. They are in no which under my jurisdiction Yours very truly". Williams (1823-1910, born in New Lebanon, New York) served as President Ulysses S. Grant's Attorney General from 1871 to 1875. In 1873, he was nominated by Grant to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but his nomination was not confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was also a Republican United States Senator from Oregon (1865-1871). As a senator, Williams was a member of a commission to settle American claims against Great Britain, where a number of Confederate commerce raiders were built during the American Civil War (the so-called Alabama claims from the CSS Alabama, one of the raiders). He also allied himself with Radical Republicans against President Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction programs after the Civil War and, later, supported the impeachment of Johnson. Lightly toned and creased. Handwriting and signature are lightly smeared in places but legible. Random ink stains. Lightly torn at bottom edge along spine of letter. Adhesive residue on back of letter with show-through, which touches handwriting but not signature. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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