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MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 02/06/1879 CO-SIGNED BY: HENRY COOPER KELSEY - HFSID 283749

GEORGE B. McCLELLAN As Governor of New Jersey (1879), he signs the appointment of a Fish Warden, also signed by longtime Secretary of State Henry C. Kelsey. Civil Appointment signed: "George McClellan" as Governor, 17x14 with red-pencil line corrections. Also signed "Henry C.

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GEORGE B. McCLELLAN
As Governor of New Jersey (1879), he signs the appointment of a Fish Warden, also signed by longtime Secretary of State Henry C. Kelsey.
Civil Appointment signed: "George McClellan" as Governor, 17x14 with red-pencil line corrections. Also signed "Henry C. Kelsey" as Secretary of State. Trenton, New Jersey, 1879 February 6. Appointment of M. S. Gregory as Fish Warden of Morris County. Reference to confirmation by the State Senate has been lined out, this office evidently not requiring it. GEORGE BRINTON MC CLELLAN (1826-1885) was named General in Chief by President Lincoln in November 1861. He directed the Peninsular Campaign and won at Antietam, but was removed by President Lincoln for failure to continue the pressure on Lee's army. No match for Confederate General Robert E. Lee as a field commander, but skilled at logistics and training, McClellan made a great contribution to eventual Union victory by building the Army of the Potomac into a well trained and disciplined fighting force. In 1864, he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for President, losing to Lincoln 233 electoral votes to 21. (The election had appeared much closer until General Sherman's capture of Atlanta on September 2.) From 1878-1881, he was Governor of New Jersey. HENRY COOPER KELSEY, a wealthy banker, was New Jersey's Secretary of State for 27 years (1870-1897). The wealthy Kelsey was a patron of New Jersey colleges. Horizontal and vertical fold creases with wear slits at edges. Soiled and toned. Creased. Paper embossed seal completely intact. Ink smudged at "Geo" of signature.

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