MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 06/25/1885 - HFSID 30309
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK Departing from his "usual course", Hancock agrees to recommend a job applicant to a fellow officer. Manuscript Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 1 page, 5½x8½. Governor's Island, New York, 1885 June 25. To Mr. Thomas H.
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WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
Departing from his "usual course", Hancock agrees to recommend a job applicant to a fellow officer.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 1 page, 5½x8½. Governor's Island, New York, 1885 June 25. To Mr. Thomas H. Kearney, San Francisco, California, in full: "I enclose a letter for you, to Col. Stuart Taylor, Naval Office of the Post of San Francisco, which you may use if you desire. [Item not included.] You will have to furnish him with proper testimonials of character from your friends in California. I have departed from my usual course in sending you this letter. It is not generally my custom to interfere in such matters. I am yours truly". 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 narrowly to James A. Garfield 4.45 million (214 electoral) votes to 4.44 million (155 electoral) votes. He lost the popular vote by fewer than 40,000 votes out of a total of nearly 9 million. A swing of 20,000 votes in New York would have made him President. Hancock remained at Governor's Island, in New York Harbor, as Commanding General of the US Army's Atlantic Division, until his death. Hancock was indeed departing from his "usual course" in agreeing to write a recommendation for a job applicant. He had refused many requests after the Democrats won the Presidency in 1884, citing his own high military office as a reason. Intervening with a fellow officer would have been an even more sensitive matter. Two horizontal folds. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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