MAYOR GEORGE OPDYKE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/23/1863 CO-SIGNED BY: MATTHEW T. BRENNAN, S. C. LYNES JR. - HFSID 321416
GEORGE OPDYKE Civil War-dated $18.00 check, signed as Mayor of New York. Also signed by Comptroller Matthew T. Brennan and Board of Supervisors Clerk S. C. Lynes, Jr. Check signed: "George Opdyke" as Mayor, "Matthew Brennan" as Comptroller,
Sale Price $378.00
Civil War-dated $18.00 check, signed as Mayor of New York. Also signed by Comptroller Matthew T. Brennan and Board of Supervisors Clerk S. C. Lynes, Jr.
Check signed: "George Opdyke" as Mayor, "Matthew Brennan" as Comptroller, "S. C. Lynes" as County Book Keeper. Endorsed on verso: "Jas Pardy" 8¼x3¾. New York, N. Y., 1863 July 23. Check no. 2458 drawn on the County Treasurer at the Broadway Bank, payable to Jas Pardy for $18.00 for correcting militia rolls. GEORGE OPDYKE (1805-1880), a millionaire clothing manufacturer and merchandiser, was active in formation of the Republican Party and the nomination of Abraham Lincoln. As Mayor of New York (1862-1863), he was active in raising troops for the Civil War, and adopted a policy of no compromise with draft rioters. MATTHEW T. BRENNAN, originally a saloon keeper, used his Tammany connections to rise to police captain and then City Comptroller (1963-1967). Threatened with indictment and impeachment, and facing an uphill fight for re-nomination, he didn't seek another term, but he later served as County Sheriff. Ironically, as Sheriff, having broken with Tweed, he arrested the former Mayor. S. C. LYNES, JR., was City Book Keeper. Cancellation hole stamped in center. Corners lightly worn. Toned on edges. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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