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REVERDY JOHNSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/27/1866 - HFSID 36878

REVERDY JOHNSON As US Senator, he recommends an applicant for a Patent Office position to Interior Secretary James Harlan. Autograph Letter signed: "Reverdy Johnson", 1½p, front and verso, 5x8. Senate Chamber, 1866 July 27.

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REVERDY JOHNSON
As US Senator, he recommends an applicant for a Patent Office position to Interior Secretary James Harlan.
Autograph Letter signed: "Reverdy Johnson", 1½p, front and verso, 5x8. Senate Chamber, 1866 July 27. To James Harlan, Secretary of the Interior, recommending an appointment in the Patent Office. REVERDY JOHNSON (1796-1876), a US Senator from Maryland (1845-1849, 1863-1868) and US Attorney General under President Taylor and Fillmore (1849-1850), was appointed US Minister to Britain (1868-1869). Although he had been legal counsel to the slave-owning defendant in the Dred Scott case (1857), Johnson was personally opposed to slavery and played an important role in preventing Maryland from seceding in 1861. He was the only Democrat to vote in favor of Reconstruction legislation, but also argued for less punitive treatment of the South. He was ready to defend Mary Surratt, the woman charged by the military tribunal trying accused conspirators in the Lincoln assassination, but withdrew from the case, fearing his involvement might hurt her chances. As US Minister to Britain he negotiated a treaty settling claims arising from the Civil War, but the Senate rejected the agreement. Republican James Harlan was U.S. Senator from Illinois (1855-1865, 1867-1873) and President Andrew Johnson's Secretary of the Interior (1865-1866). Vertical folds, 1 touches the "d" in Reverdy. Lightly creased and soiled. Mounting strip at left of mid-vertical fold on blank integral leaf.

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