PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON - AUTOGRAPH TELEGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1889 - HFSID 283793
BENJAMIN HARRISON As President (1889) he signs a pencil telegram to his wife, stating that he will be delayed in joining her in Deer Park, Maryland Telegram signed in pencil: "Benj Harrison" as President, 1 page, 7x8. No place, circa 1889. To "Mrs. B. Harrison/Deer Park, Md"
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As President (1889) he signs a pencil telegram to his wife, stating that he will be delayed in joining her in Deer Park, Maryland
Telegram signed in pencil: "Benj Harrison" as President, 1 page, 7x8. No place, circa 1889. To "Mrs. B. Harrison/Deer Park, Md". In full: Expected to sta [rt ?] this afternoon. Must now wait till tomorrow morning. Dr. Newcomer died this morning. I am very well." Harrison has added "chg my acct", above which is marked "Paid" (unknown hand). Benjamin Harrison (1838-1901), the 23rd President (1889-1893), had been a Brigadier General in the Civil War and a US Senator from Indiana (1881-1887). Elected President in 1888, despite losing the popular vote to Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland, he was defeated by Cleveland four years later. First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison, who wed the future President in 1853, died of tuberculosis on October, 25, 1892, less than 2 weeks before her husband lost his bid for re-election. Benjamin Harrison re-married in 1896. Deer Park, Maryland was a popular mountaintop vacation resort in the late 19th century for affluent residents of Washington and Baltimore, featuring a luxury hotel built in 1873 by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which stopped in the town. It declined in popularity with the arrival of automobiles. President Harrison evidently planned to join his wife there, but was delayed by White House business. The reference to the death of "Dr. Newcomer" permits dating of this letter. Frisby Newcomer, a prominent Indiana surgeon, died on September 12, 1889. Top corners removed. Top and right margins are trimmed unevenly. Toned along edges. Stained at top right. ½-inch tear at left bottom margin. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso, no show-through. Otherwise, fine condition.
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