MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - DOCUMENT UNSIGNED WITH RICHARD W. TOWNSHEND - HFSID 9011187
In this original printed Congressional Resolution, Congressman Richard W. Townshend requests an appropriation for a statue honoring General Winfield Scott Hancock. The statue that this Resolution requested currently stands in Washington, District of Columbia. Extremely rare!
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WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK and RICHARD W. TOWNSHEND In this original printed Congressional Resolution, Congressman Richard W. Townshend requests an appropriation for a statue honoring General Winfield Scott Hancock. The statue that this Resolution requested currently stands in Washington, District of Columbia. Extremely rare! Document Unsigned: House Resolution 162 of the 50th Congress, 1st Session. 7½x11. Dated May 7, 1888. Introduced by Congressman Richard W. Townshend. In Full: “Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the sum of fifty thousand dollars be, and the same is hereby, appropriated…for the purpose of erecting…an equestrian or other statue to the memory of the late Major-General Winfield Scott Hancock; and the Secretary of War is hereby authorized to select as a site for such statue any circle or reservation which has not heretofore been set apart for a similar purpose.” The statue approved by this resolution stands at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia. It was commissioned on March 2, 1889. Winfield Scott Hancock (1824-1886) was a highly successful Union general during the Civil War and a hero of the Battle of Gettysburg (1863). He became the Democratic Party's candidate for President in 1880, losing narrowly to James A. Garfield by a margin of fewer than 40,000 votes out of 9 million cast (Electoral College vote was 214-155). Hancock had impeccable Unionist credentials but was a strong advocate of states' rights, and was considered for the Party's Presidential nominations of 1868, 1872 and 1876 before securing it in 1880. Hancock passed away just over two years before this resolution was printed. Richard Wellington Townshend (1840-1889) was a United States Congressman who represented a district in Illinois from 1877 to 1889. He also served as clerk of the circuit court of Hamilton County 1863-1868, as prosecuting attorney for the twelfth judicial circuit of Illinois 1868-1872, and as a member of the Democratic State central committee in 1864, 1865, 1874 and 1875. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872 and as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy and Committee on Military Affairs. Item Unsigned. Toned and worn. Folding creases. Minor tears and creasing. Otherwise, fine condition.
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