SIMON CAMERON - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/15/1848 CO-SIGNED BY: ADAM JOHN GLOSSBRENNER, ALEXANDER SMALL - HFSID 286524
Sale Price $450.00
Document allocating shares in the Pottsville Gas Company, also signed fellow investors A. J. Glossbrenner and Alex Small
Document signed: "Simon Cameron", "A. J. Glossbrenner", "Alexr Small", 1 page, 8x6½.No place, 1849 April 15. The signatories agree that each is entitled to one-third of the shares of stock in the Pottsville Gas Association subscribed by Cameron, and that Cameron in turn is entitled to one-fourth of the stock so received by Glossbrenner and Small. SIMON CAMERON (1799-1889) was Senator from Pennsylvania (Democrat, 1845-1849; Republican, 1857-1861, 1867-1877) and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1860. Cameron became Secretary of War in a political bargain at the 1860 Republican National Convention at which his political supporters convinced Lincoln's campaign managers to give him a Cabinet post in return for the votes of Pennsylvania delegates. After his appointment as Secretary of War, Cameron dispensed a raft of civil and military appointments and army contracts, and charges of corruption ran rampant. In 1862, in an effort to be rid of him, Lincoln gave him the diplomatic post of Minister to Russia, and appointed Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War. Cameron's fellow shareholders followed divergent paths in the Civil War. ALEXANDER SMALL (1805-1862), a prominent business man from York, Pennsylvania, and a twice unsuccessful candidate for Congress, funded a volunteer company (the Ellsworth Zouaves) in 1861, raised expressly to guard railroad lines. Small declined command of the unit, reportedly because of his age (56) and matching waistline, but the company's base was named Camp Small. A. J. GLOSSBRENNER, author of a history of York County (1834), was Sergeant-at-Arms of the US House of Representatives in the 1850s. In 1863 he founded a Democratic Party newspaper, The Age, in Philadelphia. The paper consistently attacked President Lincoln and was accused of Southern sympathies, eliciting angry demonstrations outside its office. The Pottsville Gas Company was incorporated by the Pennsylvania legislature in 1850, with Cameron, Glossbrenner and Small named in the Act as among 14 shareholders constituting the governing board. Edges lightly ragged. Lightly toned and creased. 1 vertical 3 horizontal fold creases. Otherwise fine condition.
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