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Governors - State, Revolutionary Era & Confederate

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BAKER, SAMUEL A. (1874-1933)

# 7783

Governor of Missouri 1925-29

Signature, “Sam A. Baker,” on a 3” x 5” slip of paper, accompanied by a 7 ¼” x 10 ½” sheet of official imprinted stationery with a beautifully embossed gold Missouri state seal at the center.

Both pieces are in excellent condition, with very light, even toning, the larger sheet having two horizontal folds.

Was: $20.00  SALE Price:  $15.00
List Price: $20.00

BUTLER, BENJAMIN F. (1818-93) Union Major General – Massachusetts; U.S. Congressman – Massachusetts – 1867-75 & 1877-79; Governor of Massachusetts – 1883-84; U.S. Presidential Candidate – Greenback Party - 1884

# 8295

Known as “Beast Butler” for his harsh treatment of civilians in New Orleans, Butler had, ironically, nominated Jefferson Davis for the presidency on the 1860 Democratic ticket. 

Signature, as U.S. Congressman, “Benj. F. Butler, Mass[achusetts],” on a 2 ¾” x 5” album page.

Lightly and evenly toned.


CHAMBERLAIN, JOSHUA L. (1828-1914) Union Brigadier General – Maine; Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for Gettysburg; Governor of Maine – 1867-71

# 8297

As colonel of the 20th Maine, Chamberlain gallantly defended Little Round Top, preventing a Confederate victory at Gettysburg. 

Signature, “J.L. Chamberlain,” as Maine governor, August 28, 1868, on a 5 ¼” x 7” portion of an official document.

Lightly toned, with minor staining well away from the signature.


COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)

# 7659

Thirtieth U.S. President - 1923-29; U.S. Vice President – 1921-23; Governor of Massachusetts – 1919-21

Document Signed, 3” x 8 ½”, Northampton, Massachusetts, March 29, 1929, “Calvin Coolidge,” a partly printed check, also accomplished by Coolidge less than a month after leaving office as U.S. President, drawn on The Hampshire County Trust Co. and made payable to one Mary Ahearn for thirty dollars.

The check is in very good condition, with minor smudging of ink to several letters, a small tear in the upper margin, and a few light vertical folds. The hole-punch cancellation at center affects an insignificant part of the beginning of Coolidge’s signature.

Price: $495.00

COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)

# 7657

Thirtieth U.S. President - 1923-29; U.S. Vice President – 1921-23; Governor of Massachusetts – 1919-21

Vice President Coolidge Thanks a Jounalist from The Nation

Typed Letter Signed, 7” x 9”. Writing on imprinted official stationery, U.S. Vice President Coolidge thanks Marian Tyler, a journalist with The Nation, a liberal weekly magazine first published in 1865, for her letter.

“THE VICE-PRESIDENT’S CHAMBER, WASHINGTON, February 2, 1922. Miss Marian Tyler, The Nation, 20 Vesey Street, New York, N.Y. My dear Miss Tyler: Please accept my thanks for your letter and enclosure. It is always interesting to see the discussion that goes on in the public press. Very sincerely yours, Calvin Coolidge.
The letter is lightly toned and soiled, with a horizontal fold at the center.

Price: $425.00

COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)

# 7656

Thirtieth U.S. President - 1923-29; U.S. Vice President – 1921-23; Governor of Massachusetts – 1919-21

The Vice President-Elect Thanks a Supporter – Just Two Days after the 1920 Election

Typed Letter Signed, 7 ¼” x 9 ½”, on imprinted stationery as Massachusetts Governor.  During the second year of his short tenure as governor - just two days after election to U.S. vice president on the Warren G. Harding ticket - Coolidge thanks “Mr. Ernest M. Hortmann, Boston, Mass.,” for a letter.

“EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, STATE HOUSE, BOSTON. 4th November, 1920…My dear Mr. Hortmann: It was exceedingly thoughtful of you to send me such a gracious message. I want to thank you for your kind wishes which I assure you I reciprocate. Cordially yours, Calvin Coolidge.
The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds and a pinhole along the bottom edge.

Price: $350.00

DONNELL, FORREST C. (1884-1980)

# 7803

Governor of Missouri – 1941-45; U.S. Senator – Missouri – 1945-51

Signed Card, 3” x 5”, lightly toned, “Forrest C. Donnell,” with typewritten sentiment and title of Missouri Governor.

Price: $15.00
List Price: $15.00

FORD, SAMUEL C. (1882-1961)

# 7746

Governor of Montana – 1941-49; Attorney General of Montana – 1917-21

Signature, “Sam C. Ford,” on a light 3” x 5” card, with a beautifully embossed gold state seal below, as Montana Governor.

Exceptional, with very light toning.


FORD, SAMUEL C. (1882-1961)

# 7777

Governor of Montana – 1941-49; Attorney General of Montana – 1917-21

Signed Card, 3” x 5”, as Montana Governor.

“Helena, Montana, Nov[ember] 29th 1948. Sam C. Ford, Governor of Montana, Jan[uary] 1941 - Jan[uary] 1949.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with biographical notations on the reverse.

Price: $20.00
List Price: $20.00

GARVEY, DAN EDWARD (1886-1974)

# 7766

Governor of Arizona – 1948-51; Arizona Secretary of State – 1942-48

Signature, “Dan E. Garvey,” on a 6 ¼” x 9 ¼” sheet of imprinted stationery, as Arizona governor, with a beautifully embossed gold seal just above.

The sheet has two horizontal folds, along with a few light creases and paper clip stains.

Price: $25.00
List Price: $25.00

GREEN, THEODORE F. (1867-1966)

# 7804

Governor of Rhode Island – 1933-37; U.S. Senator – Rhode Island – 1937-61

Signature, “Theodore Francis Green,” on the reverse of a lightly toned 3” x 4 ¾” index card, with typewritten title of Rhode Island Senator.

Price: $15.00
List Price: $15.00


# 7758

Governor of Georgia – 1955-59; Brigadier General of Georgia National Guard during World War II

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted 8” x 11” stationery as Georgia governor, responding to an autograph request.

“Executive Department, Atlanta. December 31, 1956. Mr. Barry Goldsmith, 2986 Avenue V, Brooklyn 29, New York. Dear Barry: This will acknowledge and thank you for your postal card of recent date. The laws of the state prohibit the use of the Great Seal of Georgia except on legal documents. However, I am sending you the Seal of the Executive Department and my autograph which I hope will be suitable for your needs. I was nice hearing from you. With warm regards, I am Sincerely, Marvin Griffin.

The autograph and Executive Department seal mentioned by Griffin, on a light 3” x 5” card and in exceptional condition, accompanies the letter. The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds and a few light creases.


HAMPTON, WADE (1818-1902) Confederate Lieutenant General– South Carolina; Governor of South Carolina – 1876-79; U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1879-91

# 8341

During the American Civil War, Hampton served with distinction from First Manassas through the surrender of Joseph Johnston in North Carolina, becoming, along with Nathan Bedford Forrest and Richard Taylor, one of only three civilians to attain the rank of lieutenant general in the Confederate Army.

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, on front and reverse of a 5” x 8” sheet, to Thomas Taylor, a captain in Hampton’s Legion during the Civil War.  As a first-term U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Hampton discusses agricultural matters relating to the former Confederate commissioner, Senator L.Q.C. Lamar, also referring Taylor to another old Confederate comrade, 1st South Carolina Lieutenant Colonel Andrew P. Butler.

“Wash[ingto]n, June 9th 1879.  My Dear Taylor, your letter reached me a day or two ago & I was glad to learn that you were all well.  The warm weather & the confinement here have made my leg trouble me & I shall try to get off very soon.  Senator Lamar has heard that by the cultivation of vetches the [?] grass can be exterminated & he wants some vetch seed.  Can you have some sent to him here?  Do consult Dr. Ravenel to learn if the grass can be eradicated by this plant & get from him the mode of cultivating it.  If you see Col. A.P. Butler tell him that I want him to let me have a trio of white game chickens for Lamar.  If he has any of pure blood he could ship them by express to Oxford, Miss[issippi].  Do see if you can get three chickens.  Write when you can.  With kind regards to Mrs. Taylor, I am Y[ou]rs truly, Wade Hampton.”

Accompanied by the transmittal envelope, addressed by Hampton, to “Capt. Thos. Taylor, Charleston, So[uth] Ca[rolina],” with Washington, DC and Charleston, South Carolina postal markings.

The letter is in excellent overall condition, with the expected horizontal folds.  The envelope bears general soiling and wear, along with several edge chips and tears.



# 7654

Nineteenth U.S. President - 1877-81; Governor of Ohio – 1868-72 & 1876-77; Union Brigadier General - Ohio

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 10”, as U.S. President, a partly printed “affix the seal” document.

“I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of John B. Martin, dated this day and signed by me; and for so doing this shall be his warrant. R.B. Hayes. Washington, 9th Aug[u]st, 1877.”
In excellent condition overall, the document is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds.

Price: $550.00


# 7664

Signer of the Declaration of Independence – Rhode Island; Delegate to the Continental Congress – Rhode Island – 1774-76; Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island – 1755-57, 1758-62, 1763-65 & 1767-68

French and Indian War-Date Pay Order

War-Date Document Signed, 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”, a manuscript pay order “To Thos. Richardson, Esq[uire], Gen[eral] Treasurer,”  The document is co-signed by Hopkins’ fellow committeemen, assigned the task of preparing for war with France, later known as The French and Indian War, 1754-63.

“Newport, [Rhode Island], May 12, 1755. Sir, Pay Mr. George Lanton Sixty nine pounds, six shillings & six pence (old Tenor) in full of his al[lotmen]t for the French mens boat & charge the same to the Colony. Step. Hopkins.
The document is lightly and evenly toned, with clean paper separation along the center horizontal fold. The text of the document is unaffected by minor paper loss at the corners.


HORNER, HENRY (1878-1940)

# 7773

First Jewish Governor of Illinois – 1933-40 – Died in Office

Noted collector of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, his collection was bequeathed to the people of Illinois, and now resides at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois

A noted Lincoln collector writes to a colleague

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted 8 ¼” x 10 ½” stationery as Illinois Governor, to fellow Lincoln authority Emanuel Hertz, also Jewish, the brother of Chief Rabbi J.H. Hertz of England.

“August 9, 1937. Honorable Emanuel Hertz, 141 Broadway, Borough of Manhattan, New York City, N.Y. Dear Emanuel: This acknowledges your letter of August sixth. I surely would like to see the photostats you mention. When you are out this way you can give me a ring and I shall be glad to talk to you about them or you can let me look at them by mailing them to me. I hope you are well and have the best of good luck. Sincerely, Henry Horner.

The letter has heavier, somewhat irregular toning at the upper right edge, and there are two horizontal folds.

Price: $60.00
List Price: $60.00

JACKSON, JAMES (1757-1806) Governor of Georgia – 1798-1801; Served in the Georgia Militia during the Revolutionary War; Saw Action at the Battle of Cowpens; Advanced to the Rank of Major General of Georgia Militia – 1792

# 7882

Original Engraving, 6 ¾” x 10 ¾” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 3 ½” x 4 ½” image of Jackson, imprinted “Engraved by W.A. Wilmer from a drawing by J.B. Longacre after St. Memin.”

Virtually pristine, with pleasant age-toning.

Price: $25.00

JOHNSON, EDWIN C. (1884-1970)

# 7779

Governor of Colorado – 1933-37 & 1955-57; U.S. Senator – Colorado – 1937-55

Signature, “Ed C. Johnson, Colorado,” on a 4 ½” x 7” sheet of personalized desk memo paper, with a beautifully embossed gold state seal below, as Colorado Governor.

The sheet has light toning and soiling, with a horizontal fold at the center. There are several light creases, along with minor paper loss from the torn spindle holes at the top.

Price: $15.00
List Price: $15.00

JOHNSTON, OLIN D. (1896-1965)

# 7757

Governor of South Carolina – 1935-39 & 1943-45; U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1945-65

Signature, on the reverse of a 3” x 5” index card with an embossed gold state seal, as South Carolina Governor, “Olin D. Johnston, Governor of S.C.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with several surface abrasions and a small hole near the lower left corner, and there is a light paper-clip indentation at the top.

Price: $20.00
List Price: $20.00

JOHNSTON, OLIN D. (1896-1965)

# 7786

Governor of South Carolina – 1935-39 & 1943-45; U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1945-65

                                         World War II Date Letter

Typed Letter Signed, on official 8 ½” x 11” stationery as governor of South Carolina, thanking U.S. Postmaster General Frank C. Walker for congratulations extended upon Johnston’s election to the U.S. Senate.

                                             State of South Carolina, Office of the Governor
                                                   Columbia, November 22, 1944

Hon[orable] Frank C. Walker
Postmaster General
Washington, D.C.

Dear Frank:

                  I wish to thank you for your letter of congratulations in regard to my election to the United States Senate. I shall always cherish your friendship.

                                                                                        With kind regards, I am,

                                                                                                     Sincerely yours,

                                                                                                Olin D. Johnston

                                                                                                        Olin D. Johnston

Accompanied by the transmittal envelope, the letter is lightly and evenly toned, with the expected folds. A stamp of the postmaster general’s office at upper right indicates the letter was received on November 24, 1944.

Price: $40.00
List Price: $40.00
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