HORACE GREELEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/19/1865 - HFSID 1791
Sale Price $510.00
To the Secretary of the Interior recommending a promotion.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Horace Greeley", 1p, 5x8. Office of the Tribune, New York, 1865 October 19. To Hon. James Harlan, Sec. Interior. In full: "Dr. W.C. Doane, an Examiner in the Patent Office, is a candidate, I understand, for the position of an Examiner in Chief. I cannot, of course, advise you with regard to his scientific merits; but, having known him long and esteemed him highly as an effective patriot and commended of political truth, I venture to say that his appointment would gratify." Docket on verso indicates Greeley's letter was forwarded to the Commissioner of Patents on October 25, 1865. JAMES HARLAN had been appointed Secretary of the Interior on May 15, 1865. HORACE GREELEY founded the "New York Tribune" in 1841 and edited it until his death. He served as a Whig in Congress for three months (1848-1849) to fill a vacancy and did not seek reelection. As the Democratic and Liberal Republican parties' presidential nominee in 1872, he was defeated by President Grant, who was seeking reelection.On November 28, 1872, just 23 days after the election, Greeley, worn out by the grueling campaign, died at the age of 61. As he died before the Electoral College met, the six states he carried split their 63 electoral votes among the four living candidates. Three Georgian electors still voted for Greeley but their votes, by House resolution, were not counted. Light vertical fold between the "ac" in Horace. Ink smudged on 1 word. Lightly soiled at blank bottom right corner, else fine.
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