Lot #247
Roscoe Conkling Signature and Autograph Letter Signed

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Estimate: $100+


Lawyer and politician from New York (1829-1888) who served both as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He was the leader of the Stalwart faction of the Republican Party, the first Republican senator from New York to be elected for three terms, and the last person to turn down a U.S. Supreme Court appointment after he had already been confirmed to the post. While in the House, Conkling served as bodyguard for Representative Thaddeus Stevens, and fully supported the Republican war effort. Conkling, who was temperate and detested tobacco, was known for his physical condition, maintained through regular exercise and boxing, an unusual devotion for his time. Conkling was elected to the Senate in 1867 as a leading Radical, who supported the rights of African Americans during Reconstruction. Two items: an ink signature, "Roscoe Conkling," on an off-white 3.25 x 1.5 slip; and an ALS, one page, 5 x 7.5, January 9, 1883, addressed to noted New England journalist Major Benjamin Perley Poore, in part: "Some time ago I sent Gov. Anthony a hamper of apollinaris water. I write now only to be sure it was recd. If it was, no answer is needed." The letter is matted and framed with a portrait (with facsimile signature) to an overall size of 14.5 x 11.5. In overall fine condition, with some curling to left side of cut signature.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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