MAYOR GEORGE OPDYKE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 12/31/1863 CO-SIGNED BY: MATTHEW T. BRENNAN, S. C. LYNES JR. - HFSID 321412
GEORGE OPDYKE Civil War-dated $155.00 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 $155.00 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: "Sam T. Wheelwright", 8¼x3¾. New York, N. Y., 1863 December 31. Check no. 6361 drawn on the County Treasurer at the Broadway Bank, payable to Sam T. Wheelwright for $155.00 for services as clerk. 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. SAM T. WHEELWRIGHT served as a committee clerk during the month of December in 1863. Cancellation hole stamped in center. Corners lightly worn. Toned on edges. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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