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PHILETUS SAWYER - AUTOGRAPH ENDORSEMENT SIGNED 08/04/1886 CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL OLIVER D. GREENE - HFSID 22298

PHILETUS SAWYER The Wisconsin Senator forwards a manuscript letter from Assistant Adjutant General O. D. Greene, to the Commissioner of Pensions, and requests a prompt response. Autograph Endorsement Signed: "Philetus Sawyer", 1 page, 8x10. US Senate, 1886 August 4.

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PHILETUS SAWYER
The Wisconsin Senator forwards a manuscript letter from Assistant Adjutant General O. D. Greene, to the Commissioner of Pensions, and requests a prompt response.
Autograph Endorsement Signed: "Philetus Sawyer", 1 page, 8x10. US Senate, 1886 August 4. In full: "Respectfully referred to the Hon. Commissioner of Pensions who will please inform me the status of this claim when the within mentioned Report has been considered." Written on verso of a Manuscript Letter signed: "O. D. Greene" as Assistant Adjutant General, 1 page, same size. Washington, D.C., 1886 August 4. To Philetus Sawyer, US Senate, Washington, D.C. Greene informs Senator Sawyer that the Commissioner of Pensions has been furnished a report concerning the pension application of Charles C. Green, late of Company I, 21st Wisconsin Volunteers. PHILETUS SAWYER (1816-1900) made a fortune in the lumber business, first with a saw mill and later with finished wooden furniture. He was Mayor of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, before being elected to the US House of Representatives (1865-1875). He declined to run for re-election, but later represented Wisconsin in the US Senate (1881-1893). A member of the "Stalwart" faction of the Republican Party (opposed to civil service reform), he clashed with young "progressive Republican" Congressman Robert LaFollette, who accused Sawyer of offering him a bribe. Sawyer acknowledged offering money, but said it was for LaFollette's legal services. Expediting veterans' pensions, as illustrated by this letter, was an important duty of members of Congress as the Civil War generation moved toward retirement. OLIVER D. GREENE (1833-1904), a West Point graduate (1854), served in the artillery during the Kansas "disturbances" preceding the Civil War. He fought in an artillery battery at First Bull Run (1861), and served thereafter as Assistant Adjutant general of the Union VI Corps and the Department of the Missouri. He received the Medal of Honor for gallantry at the Battle of Antietam (1862). (The Congressional Medal of Honor was dispensed much more freely during the Civil War than in subsequent American wars, with entire units sometimes voted the distinction.) Until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1891, Greene served in the Adjutant General's Office, holding the position of Assistant Adjutant General from 1884 to 1888. Toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly worn. Corners worn. Multiple pin-size holes at left edge. Ink stamps on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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