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PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON - MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/28/1884 CO-SIGNED BY: HENRY W. BLAIR, OMAR D. CONGER, AUSTIN F. PIKE, JOHN I. MITCHELL, JOHN F. MILLER, ORVILLE H. PLATT, BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES H. VAN WYCK, JOSEPH N. DOLPH, GEORGE F. EDMUNDS, THOMAS W. PALMER, ANGUS CAMERON, WILLIAM P. FRYE, EUGENE HALE, MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH R. HAWLEY, THOMAS BOWEN, HENRY L. DAWES, WARNER MILLER, JUSTIN MORRILL, GOVERNOR SHELBY M. CULLOM, GEORGE F. HOAR - HFSID 85405

BENJAMIN HARRISON and 20 Others Senate Republicans call a meeting in 1884. Manuscript DS: "Benj Harrison" as U.S. Senator, 1¼p, 7¾x9½, separate joined sheets. United States Senate, Washington, D.C., 1884 March 28.

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BENJAMIN HARRISON and 20 Others
Senate Republicans call a meeting in 1884.
Manuscript DS: "Benj Harrison" as U.S. Senator, 1¼p, 7¾x9½, separate joined sheets. United States Senate, Washington, D.C., 1884 March 28. In full: "The undersigned request that a meeting of republican senators be called for Monday afternoon, March 31st, at 4 o'clock P.M. to confer upon the best means of facilitating the consideration of important measures in the Senate, and matters connected therewith." Signed by 21 Republican U.S. Senators. The first signature is: "Geo. F. Edmunds" who as President Pro Tempore of the Senate was next in line to the presidency from March 3, 1883 to March 3, 1885. After Republican Vice President Chester A. Arthur succeeded to the Presidency upon President Garfield's death on September 19, 1881, there was no Vice President until the inauguration of Thomas A. Hendricks on March 4, 1885. Harrison signed next. Others signing this page were Republican Senators "Jno. F. Miller", "Justin S. Morrill", "O.H. Platt", "Angus Cameron" (pencil), "C.H. Van Wyck", "Eugene Hale", "H.L. Dawes", "O.D. Conger" (pencil), "H.W. Blair" (pencil), "S.M. Cullom", "Austin F. Pike", "T.W. Palmer", "W.P. Frye", "Geo. F. Hoar", "J.N. Dolph" and "Jno. I. Mitchell" (pencil) on first page, "Jos R. Hawley", "Thos M. Bowen" and "Warner Miller" (all three in pencil) on the second page. "No 17" penned in upper left. 1884 was an election year and the Republicans wanted to get a Republican elected President -- as they had done in every election since 1860. At the Republican National Convention held two and a half months later in Chicago, incumbent President Arthur was denied the nomination. It went to former U.S. Senator James G. Blaine of Maine, who lost to Democrat Grover Cleveland on November 4, 1884. Just four years later, Harrison would face Cleveland in a presidential election. Lightly creased, mostly at top blank edge. Light smudging on two signatures. Fine condition.

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