JAMES DIXON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/12/1869 - HFSID 34383
JAMES DIXON. Autograph Letter signed: "James Dixon", 2p (integral leaf), 5x8. Hartford, Connecticut, 1869 July 12. To "Professor A[lexander] C. Twining," in full:
Sale Price $144.00
JAMES DIXON. Autograph Letter signed: "James Dixon", 2p (integral leaf), 5x8. Hartford, Connecticut, 1869 July 12. To "Professor A[lexander] C. Twining," in full: "I regret that your letter of the 5th was not received until after the hour mentioned as the time appointed for your address before the Finance Committee. Consequently I could not attend - as I should very glady have done, had I known you were to sepak. I thank you for your kind ivitation and remain with high respect. Very truly yours". Docketed on verso. James Dixon (1814-1873) was a U.S. Representative (Whig Party) from Connecticut from 1845-49; a member of the Connecticut State Senate in 1849 and 1854; and Republican U.S. Senator from Connecticut from 1857-1869. Friendly with President Johnson, Dixon worked unsuccessfully with the President to weaken the language of the proposed Fourteenth Amendment, approved by Congress in June 1866. He broke with most in his Party to oppose the impeachment of President Johnson. The vote in the Senate to remove the President from office fell one vote short! Dixon switched parties, unsuccessfully seeking re-election as a Democrat. He declined an appointment as Minister to Russia, retiring from public life. Dixon's speech claiming that removing Andrew Johnson from office for what were essentially policy disagreements would change ("Mexicanize") the US system of government was much quoted during the debate on the impeachment of President Clinton. A.C. TWINING, the addressee was a Yale Professor who had studied meteor showers and invented an early refrigerator. He took an active interest in public policy, especially the slavery question. Lightly soiled. Mailing folds. Minor ink transfer. Otherwise, fine condition.
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