MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/26/1879 CO-SIGNED BY: ALMIRA RUSSELL HANCOCK, ISAIAH WILLIAMSON, BRIGADIER GENERAL RICHARD ARNOLD, ADALINE E. RUSSELL - HFSID 30345
Sale Price $935.00
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK, RICHARD ARNOLD, ISAIAH
WILLIAMSON, ALMIRA HANCOCK, and ADALINE E. RUSSELL
The Civil War Union General, alongside his wife and mother-in-law, signs a deed of trust in favor of Philadelphia businessman Isaiah Williamson; witnessed by his colleague Brig. General Richard Arnold
Document signed: "Winfield S. Hancock", "Richard Arnold", "Isaiah Williamson", "Almira R. Hancock" and "Adaline E. Russel" in black ink. 3 pages, 17x14 flat, 8½x14 folded. New York City, New York. April 16, 1879. Deed of Trust allotting six notes of $980.00, which will mature in the bank, to Isaiah Williamson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Signed by all the parties involved, General Winfield Scott Hancock, his wife Almira Hancock, his mother-in-law Adaline Russell, witness Brig. General Richard Arnold, and trustee Isaiah Williamson. Authorized by the Philadelphia notary.WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK (1824-1886), a highly successful Union Corps commander during the Civil War and a hero of the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), was the Democratic Party's candidate for President in 1880, losing very narrowly to James A. Garfield 4.45 million (214 electoral) votes to 4.44 million (155 electoral) votes. He was Commanding General of the U.S. Army's Department of the East, headquartered on Governor's Island, from 1877 until his death. Confederate General Lewis Armistead, a close friend of the Hancock's, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg while assaulting Hancock's troops and bequeathed his personal Bible to ALMIRA (RUSSELL) HANCOCK, who had married Hancock in 1850. ADALINE E. RUSSELL was the mother of Mrs. Hancock. Brigadier-General RICHARD ARNOLD (1828-1882) was a U.S. Army officer who served in the American Civil War most notably commanded the siege artillery attack that precipitated the surrender of Port Hudson's fort and town, and later compelling the surrender of Mobile Alabama. He served with Hancock on Governor's Island in New York. ISAIAH WILLIAMSON (1803-1889) was a Philadelphian businessman who after a career in real estate and promising enterprises, became one of the wealthiest men in the commonwealth with an estimated fortune of twenty million dollars, and became famous for his extreme thrift, even allegedly taking a bread crust for a meal and making one suit last as long as most men had two. Towards the end of his life Williamson focused on philanthropy, giving away about $5 million in his lifetime under secret donations. His lifetime project and legacy is the Williams Free School of Mechanical Trade outside of Philadelphia which opened after his death in 1891. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Creased throughout. Corners rounded. Ink stains throughout. Slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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