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MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/14/1873 - HFSID 87577

GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER Benjamin F. Butler signed this document in 1873, when we was a U. S. Representative from Massachusetts, to order copies of his speech on the Alabama claims. Document signed "Benj F Butler" as Subcriber. With five other unknown signatures.

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GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Benjamin F. Butler signed this document in 1873, when we was a U. S. Representative from Massachusetts, to order copies of his speech on the Alabama claims.
Document signed "Benj F Butler" as Subcriber. With five other unknown signatures. Black ink and led pencil notations on front and blue pencil notations on verso, all in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x12¼, printed document on ruled paper. Butler signed this document to order a thousand copies of Feb. 14, 1873 speech that he made on the Alabama claims while a U. S. Representative from Massachusetts.The Alabama claims were a remnant of the American Civil War. They were claims brought against Great Britain for building disguised commerce raiders for the Confederate navy; these raiders, one of which was named the CSS Alabama, preyed on Union shipping. The United States sought damages from Great Britain, claiming that Great Britain had violated its neutrality in the Civil War. On May 8, 1871, the two countries signed the Treaty of Washington to settle the claims, which cost Great Britain $15.5 million - a lot in those days, but still less than the $2.1 billion suggested by U. S. Senator Charles Sumner. 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, stained, soiled and creased. Notations, but not signatures, have bled lightly in places but are legible. Missing corners. Light tears along left, right and bottom edges. Light dents at top edge. Pinholes in top left corner. Folded seven times; comes folded ones. Pinholes along top two folds. Otherwise in fine condition.

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