JERRY SIMPSON - AUTOGRAPH 06/29/1899 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES HAMILTON LEWIS - HFSID 34973
Sale Price $144.00
JERRY SIMPSON and JAMES HAMILTON LEWIS
Album leaf signed by U. S. Congressmen Jerry Simpson and James Hamilton Lewis in 1899
Signature: "Jerry. Simpson/Medicine Lodge/June 29- 99/Kansas" and, on verso, "Jas Hamilton Lewis/Washington State/Jany 25/99/M.C." Part of unknown signature at bottom edge on front. 6½x3¼ album leaf, with rounded top left corner and gold-colored top and left edges. SIMPSON (1842-1905) was a Populist Congressman from Medicine Lodge, Kansas (1891-1895 and 1897-1899). Simpson got the nickname "Sockless Jerry" when he ran for Congress and told voters he could not serve them in silk stockings because he "couldn't afford 'em". Letters to Simpson at Medicine Lodge containing socks were sent from all over the country after he was first elected in 1890. The son of a Confederate Army Major who died during the American Civil War, LEWIS (1863-1939) was a Democratic U. S. Senator from Illinois (1913-1919 and 1931-1939), as well as the first Senator to hold the position of minority whip (1913-1919 and 1933-1939). He was also U. S. Congressman from Washington's 2nd Congressional District (1897-1899). Lightly toned. Show-through touches both signatures. Simpson's signature is lightly smeared in places but legible. Irregular bottom edge. Neatly torn from album at right edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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