JOHN WENTWORTH - PRINTED CARD SIGNED IN INK 03/17/1869 - HFSID 13731
JOHN WENTWORTH Signature from the Illinois politician dated 1869 while in Chicago Printed card signed: "John Wentworth/Chicago/Illinois/March 17 1869", in black ink, 5x2¾.
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Signature from the Illinois politician dated 1869 while in Chicago
Printed card signed: "John Wentworth/Chicago/Illinois/March 17 1869", in black ink, 5x2¾. John Wentworth (1815-1888) was the Mayor of Chicago during the Civil War (1857-1863); the first Republican Mayor elected in the United States. He had served as a Democrat representing Illinois in the House of Representatives (1843-1851 and 1853-1855) and returned to Congress as a Republican after the War (1865-1867). Called "Long John" Wentworth because he was 6' 6", he was a personal friend of President Lincoln, first meeting him when they were colleagues in the House (1847-1849). When Lincoln's funeral train stopped at Chicago's courthouse, "Long John" carried his coffin. On another occasion, Mayor Wentworth made his mark on history when he introduced the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, from the balcony of the Tremont House Hotel to a crowd below: "Boys, this is the Prince. Prince, these are the boys." Edges irregular. Slightly toned. Fine condition.
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