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THOMAS W. FERRY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/06/1873 - HFSID 33754

THOMAS W. FERRY The Senator who believed he had been US President for a day, writes about his Congressional elections. Autograph Letter signed: "T.W. Ferry" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7¾x9¾. New Haven, 1873 May 6. To C.A. McCullough, Esq.

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THOMAS W. FERRY
The Senator who believed he had been US President for a day, writes about his Congressional elections.
Autograph Letter signed: "T.W. Ferry" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7¾x9¾. New Haven, 1873 May 6. To C.A. McCullough, Esq. In full: "In reply to your note of inquiry I may say that I was elected to the 39.40.41. & 42d Congresses but did not take my seat in the House in the 42d Congress as I was elected to the Senate before it convened." Thomas White Ferry (1827-1896) represented Michigan in the US House (1865-1871) and Senate (1871-1883), and was President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate from 1875-1879. He was next in line to the Presidency from the day V.P. Wilson died in 1875 until V.P. Wheeler was inaugurated in 1877. On March 2, 1877, the Electoral Commission decided that Rutherford B. Hayes had won the disputed 1876 election; if they had not reached decision by March 4th, Ferry would have been sworn in as President. Not knowing that Hayes had privately taken the oath of office the day before, Ferry believed that he had been President for a day. Mounting remnants at corners of verso show through. Lightly creased. Folds, vertical fold touches the "W". Overall, fine condition.

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