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JOHN C. SPOONER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/19/1888 - HFSID 13765

JOHN C. SPOONER Prominent Republican Senator sends letter accepting invitation to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday Typed letter signed: "John C. Spooner" in black ink. 2 pages, 8x10½. Written on U.S. Senate letterhead. January 19, 1888. Washington, D.C.

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JOHN C. SPOONER
Prominent Republican Senator sends letter accepting invitation to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday
Typed letter signed: "John C. Spooner" in black ink. 2 pages, 8x10½. Written on U.S. Senate letterhead. January 19, 1888. Washington, D.C. In full: "Dear Sir - I beg to acknowledge receipt, although in some unaccountable way delayed, of invitation proffered, on behalf of the Committee representing the Republican Club of New York City, to be present at the Anniversary Celebration of Lincoln's Birthday, at Delmonico's, on Saturday evening February 11, 1888. I thank the Committee, and the Club, for the courtesy of this invitation. I regret exceedingly the delay in making reply to it. I accept the invitation, with pleasure. I presume the Committee has felt impelled, (and it would be quite reasonable) to designate before this the persons to respond to the various toasts. If it should be otherwise, and it is still desired that I should respond, I will be glad to be advised of the fact, and of the subject. I thank you for the exceedingly pleasant and kind way in which you have been pleased to present the invitation for your Committee. Yours very truly". Although born in Indiana John Coit Spooner (1843-1919) moved to Madison, Wisconsin at the age of sixteen, and Spooner would dedicate his career to the state. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1964, and after a brief stint serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, Spooner served as the private and military secretary to the Governor of Wisconsin before being admitted to the bar in 1867 and serving as assistant attorney general of Wisconsin until 1870. Spooner joined the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1872 as well as the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Eventually he was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 1884 and served for one term before being defeated for reelection in 1891, yet was successful in 1896 when he was elected again, and would hold the position until 1907 when he resigned. Spooner served as chairman of the Committee on Canadian Relations as well as the Committee on Rules, yet is best known for the Spooner Act, which directed President Theodore Roosevelt to purchase the Panama Canal Zone, making him a popular figure in Republican politics. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Corners and edges worn and slightly soiled. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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