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MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/26/1882 - HFSID 177216

Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler wrote this letter in 1882, when he was Governor of Massachusetts, for information about two Supreme Court cases. Autograph letter signed "Benj F. Butler".

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GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler wrote this letter in 1882, when he was Governor of Massachusetts, for information about two Supreme Court cases.
Autograph letter signed "Benj F. Butler". Pencil notations at bottom edge and black ink notations on verso, both in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x10¼, ruled paper. July 26, 1882. Addressed to G. A Raymond, Esq., Salem, Massachusetts. In full: "My dear Mr. Raymond Won't you step into the Court House and see if there are two suits on the Supreme Court Docket, Coffin vs Boynton and Coffin vs Pentucket Navigation Co., and send me copies of the declaration in both? Who is counsel for the plaintiff? Yours truly". A well-known lawyer and political leader and a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts militia, Butler (1818-1893) entered the Civil War in a dramatic way. Leading the 8th Massachusetts, he broke the blockade of Washington five days after the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. President Abraham Lincoln rewarded him with an appointment as the first volunteer Major General. Butler was appointed Military Governor of New Orleans in May of 1862, but he served only until December, earning the sobriquet "Beast Butler" from angry Southerners. He returned to combat duty with command of the Army of the James in 1863. He proved to be inept against General P.G.T. Beauregard at the Battle at Bermuda Hundred (May 16, 1864), and Grant sent him to New York. Butler resigned his commission in January of 1865. He was a member of the House of Representatives (1867-1875, 1877-1879), where he played a prominent part in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. He changed political parties several times, and was elected Massachusetts' Democratic Governor (1882-1884). In 1884, Butler, who advocated an eight-hour workday, ran unsuccessfully for president on an anti-monopoly platform. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Signature and body of letter are lightly smeared but legible. Show-through from notations on verso (does not touch signature). Random ink stains. Light dent in top left corner. Folded in half horizontally and twice vertically and unfolded. Pinhole where right fold and horizontal fold meet. Otherwise in fine condition.

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