Charles Anderson Wickliffe Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: June 8, 1788 in Washington County, Kentucky
Died: October 31, 1869 in Ilchester, Maryland
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Charles Anderson Wickliffe (1788-1869) was Democratic U. S. Representative from Kentucky (1823-1833, 1861-1863) and Governor of Kentucky (1839-1840) as well as U. S. Postmaster General (1841-1845) and a delegate to the Kentucky state constitutional convention (1849). He also served in the U. S. Army during the War of 1812, most notably as aide-de-camp to General Samuel Caldwell at the Battle of the Thames on Oct. 5, 1813. Wickliffe was a friend of President Polk; they had roomed together while both were in Congress. Tyler's appointment of a Democrat to this highly political post was one of many factors alienating Tyler from the Whig Party which had given him the Vice Presidential nomination in 1840. Robert Walker (1801-1869) was a US Senator from Mississippi (1835-1845), Secretary of the Treasury in the Polk administration (1845-1849) and Territorial Governor of Kansas (1857). Under the "spoils system" which prevailed until civil service reform at the end of the 19th century, post office jobs were a major source of patronage for political parties. With regard to US government appointments, it was customary to consult Senators from the home state before making an appointment.

  • CHARLES ANDERSON WICKLIFFE Small piece of paper signed by Charles Anderson and Wickliffe, Governor of Kentucky and U. S. Postmaster General under President John Tyler Signature: "C A Wickliffe/Bards/Ky". Lead pencil and black ink notations on verso, all in unknown hand. 4x3. Wickliffe lived and practiced law in Bardstown. read more...

    Sale Price $126.00


  • CHARLES A. WICKLIFFE As Postmaster General in the Tyler administration, he asks Senator Robert Walker to recommend a replacement for a postmaster he was obliged to fire. Printed Letter signed in ink: "C. A. Wickliffe" as Postmaster General, 1 page, 8x9½, mounted to 8x11. read more...

    Sale Price $288.00


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