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MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT C. SCHENCK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/16/1846 - HFSID 87108

ROBERT SCHENCK Autograph Letter signed as a Member of Congress, recommending a candidate for midshipman to Navy Secretary Mason (1846) Autograph Letter signed: "Robt. Schenck", 1 page, 8x10. Dayton, Ohio, 1846 October 16. To John Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy.

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ROBERT SCHENCK
Autograph Letter signed as a Member of Congress, recommending a candidate for midshipman to Navy Secretary Mason (1846)
Autograph Letter signed: "Robt. Schenck", 1 page, 8x10. Dayton, Ohio, 1846 October 16. To John Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy. In full: "Will you please place upon the list of applicants for midshipman's appointment in the U.S. Navy, the name of John Frankeberger of Shelby County Ohio. Mr..Frankeberger is 17 years old, an orphan, of excellent character & good abilities, & I have no doubt would do credit to himself & the service. His friends who have asked me to forward his name to the Department, will take care that it is followed up by other recommendations. I am very respectfully your obedient servant". Robert Schenck (1809-1890) served as U.S. Representative from Ohio (1843-1851, 1863-1871), and U.S. Minister to Brazil (as well as Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, 1851-1853). Despite having no prior military experience, Schenck proved a capable general in early engagements of the Civil War, until he resigned to take his seat in Congress, having beaten notorious "Copperhead" Democrat Clement Vallandingham. He failed of re-election by three votes in 1870. Appointed Minister to the United Kingdom by President Grant, he popularized draw poker in that country, later writing a book on the subject, but he soiled his reputation by lending his name to an unsound mining investment scheme. Robert Schenk's brother, John F. Schenck, was a US Navy rear admiral. Toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Corners chipped and worn. Edges lightly frayed. Otherwise, fine condition.

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