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PRESIDENT JAMES A. GARFIELD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/07/1873 - HFSID 33751

JAMES A. GARFIELD. ALS: "J.A. Garfield" as Congressman, 1p, 5x8. Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1873 May 7. To C.A.McCullough, 61 Barrow St., N.Y. In full: "In answer to yours of the 3rd inst. I have to say that I was a Maj.

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JAMES A. GARFIELD. ALS: "J.A. Garfield" as Congressman, 1p, 5x8. Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., 1873 May 7. To C.A.McCullough, 61 Barrow St., N.Y. In full: "In answer to yours of the 3rd inst. I have to say that I was a Maj. General in the Volunteer Army of the U.S. when I resigned my Commission, Dec 5, 1863 and took my seat as a member of the House of Representatives." Garfield had been elected to Congress in 1862 without any campaigning on his part while Brigadier General of Volunteers. His term was to begin on March 4, 1863, but he decided to remain in the military. After being appointed Chief of Staff under General Rosecrans in February 1863 and being promoted to Major General on September 19, 1863, he resigned his commission to take his seat in Congress. It was rumored that President Lincoln was pleased because it was easier to find Major Generals than supportive Republicans. Ink smudge where Garfield corrected the date from "6th" to "7th". Mounting remnants on verso of integral leaf, light show through (not touching signature). Fine condition.

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