MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - AUTOGRAPH TELEGRAM SIGNED 04/13/1874 - HFSID 177937
Sale Price $450.00
BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Congressman Benjamin F. Butler wrote this telegram to Secretary of the Treasury William A. Richardson about "public business" in purple ink in 1874.
Autograph Telegram signed: "Benj F Butler" in purple ink. Blue ink notation in unknown hand. 1p, 7¾x5½, on a Franklin Telegraph Company telegram form. April 13, 1874. To W.A. Richardson In full: "I have seen the person this morning upon the important public business of which you mentioned to me and he will take the course we desire. I could not call on you." WILLIAM ADAMS RICHARDSON (1821-1896) became President Ulysses S. Grant's Secretary of the Treasury on March 17, 1873. At about the time of this telegram, Richardson became embroiled in the "Sanborn Incident". John Sanborn, hired by Richardson under a congressional act to recover unpaid taxes, had kept much of what he had collected. Congress investigated the matter, and though no direct involvement by Richardson was found, his removal was demanded. After Richardson resigned on June 3, 1874, President Grant appointed him to a position on the Massachusetts Court of Claims. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 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. Worn, chipped and torn edges. Lightly creased. Nailhead-size hole from tear touches 1 printed word. Show through from docket on verso. Encapsulated in Mylar. Not examined outside encapsulation.
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