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COLFAX, SCHUYLER. (1823-1885). SPEAKER OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (1863-1869) AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER ULYSSES S. GRANT (1869-1873). - Cut Franking Signature of Schuyler Colfax As Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 59th Congress.

Title: Cut Franking Signature of Schuyler Colfax As Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 59th Congress.
Description: Circa [1865]. [1865]. - A 1-3/8 inch high by 3-1/8 piece of gray paper, watermarked "39th Congress' is signed in black ink "Free Schuyler Colfax / Speaker of House". There is a short tear to the top edge of the paper & a tiny chip out of the right edge. Folded once. Good.

Schuyler Colfax [1823-1885] was an American journalist, businessman and politician from Indiana. He served as a United States Representative from Indiana from 1855 to 1869 and as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1863 to 1869. While serving in Congress he was known for his opposition to slavery, and was a founder of the Republican Party. He made the unusual move to cast a vote for passage of the Thirteenth Amendment [Speakers can vote on House motions but by convention rarely do so]. Colfax became the 17th Vice President of he United States under Ulysses S. Grant, a position he held from 1869 to 1873. The two men, at ages 46 and 45, were the youngest Presidential ticket elected in the 19th century. After failing to win the Vice Presidential nomination in 1873 Colfax never ran for office again and thereafter worked as a business executive and became a popular lecturer and speech maker. Good .

Keywords: AMERICANA; AMERICAN POLITICIAN; CUT SIGNATURE OF SCHUYLER COLFAX AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 59TH CONGRESS; VICE PRESIDENT UNDER ULYSSES S. GRANT; AUTOGRAPH; UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE FROM INDIANA; NINETEENTH CENTURY; 19TH CENTURY

Price: US$ 35.00 Seller: Blue Mountain Books & Manuscripts, Ltd.
- Book number: 36404

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