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PRESIDENT BENJAMIN HARRISON - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 03/17/1881 - HFSID 28055

BENJAMIN HARRISON New Senator writes that new President Garfield will not make political appointments for 60 days. Manuscript LS: "Benj Harrison" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7½x9½. Washington, 1881 March 17. To J. Gardner, House of Representatives, Indianapolis Ind.

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BENJAMIN HARRISON
New Senator writes that new President Garfield will not make political appointments for 60 days.
Manuscript LS: "Benj Harrison" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7½x9½. Washington, 1881 March 17. To J. Gardner, House of Representatives, Indianapolis Ind. In full: "Your letter of the 15th inst has been received. I have had Col. Findley in mind and shall be very glad if I shall succeed in doing something for him. General Garfield seems to have been compelled by the rush there has been upon him, to fence off by an announcement that no appointments would be made for sixty days. At least so the papers say. Neither he nor any of the secretaries I am sure have been allowed to forget the claims of Ind. for a single day." On July 2, 1881, 107 days after Senator Harrison wrote this letter, President Garfield was shot by a disappointed office-seeker. As Chairman of the Indiana delegation to the 1880 Republican National Convention, Harrison had been instrumental in securing Garfield's nomination. Shortly thereafter he declined the offer of a Cabinet post, instead accepting nomination to the Senate to which he was elected. Harrison served from 1881-1887. He was elected 23rd U.S. President in 1888. Folds, 1 vertical touches the second "r" in Harrison. Fine condition.

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