MATTHEW CLARKSON - ENGRAVING UNSIGNED - HFSID 206199
Sale Price $67.50
MATTHEW CLARKSONEngraving of the soldier who served in the Revolutionary War and went on to become a New York politician Engraving unsigned, 7½x10. Labeled beneath engraving: his name as well as "Original by G. Stuart in the possession of Matthew Clarkson." Matthew Clarkson (1758-1825) was a soldier who later became a politician. He fought in the Revolutionary War, during which time he was stationed on Long Island, and then served under Benedict Arnold. He was at both the surrender of the Burgoyne and the surrender of Cornwallis. Following the war, in June 1786, he was commissioned brigadier general of militia of Kings and Queens Counties. Then, in March 1798, he was commissioned Major General of the Southern District of New York. Moreover, Clarkson became Benjamin Lincoln's assistant while the latter served as 1st Secretary of War. During his time as a member of the New York State Assembly (1789-1790), Clarkson introduced a bill for the gradual abolition of slavery in New York. He later became a state senator, serving from 1794 to 1795. From 1804 until his death in 1825, Clarkson functioned as the president of the Bank of New York. The town of Clarkson, New York was named in his honor. Lightly toned. Corners and edges worn. Pencil note at lower right-hand corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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