President-elect Abraham Lincoln thanks one of his presidential electors for his congratulations upon being electedAbraham Lincoln Manuscript Letter Signed "A. Lincoln" as President-elect, one page, 5" x 8". Springfield, Ill., November 13, 1860. To Hon. Will Cumback. In full, "Your letter of the 8th inst is duly received. Permit me to return my sincere thanks for your kind congratulations." The text of the letter is in the hand of his secretary, John G. Nicolay. On stationery clearly embossed in the upper left "Johnson/&/Bradford/Springfield, Ill.," booksellers and stationers. Not in Basler. The blank integral leaf has been neatly affixed to cardstock. Fine condition.
On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President. Among the congratulatory letters he received was one from former Indiana Congressman Will Cumback who was one of Indiana's 13 Republican electors. On December 5, 1860, three weeks after Lincoln wrote this letter, as prescribed by law, the Electoral College met in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Cumback cast his vote for Lincoln. On February 13, 1861, in the Senate Chamber in Washington, the President of the Senate, Vice President John C. Breckinridge, who came in second with 72 electoral votes to Lincoln's 180, "declared that Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois, having received a majority of the whole number of electoral votes, is duly elected President of the United States for four years, commencing on the 4th day of March, 1861."
On April 23, 1861, Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton wrote to Pres. Lincoln, recommending the appointment of Cumback as Paymaster in the War Department. Morton highly recommended Cumback, telling the President he had represented Indiana's 11th District in the 34th Congress and that he had a high reputation for intelligence, a devotion to business, and a moral courage. On April 30th, Lincoln penned an endorsement on the verso of Morton's letter: "Let Mr. Cumback be appointed a Paymaster, when it can be done without violation of previous committals" and sent it to Secretary of War Simon Cameron. On July 30, 1861, President Lincoln nominated Cumback to be Additional Paymaster, as recommended by Cameron in a letter to him, as was protocol. On August 3rd, the Senate confirmed Cumback's appointment "to rank from June 1, 1861." On January 12, 1866, President Andrew Johnson, as recommended by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, nominated Will Cumback of the United States Volunteers to be Lieutenant-Colonel by brevet "for faithful and meritorious serviced during the war, to date from March 13, 1865." In 1870, Cumback was appointed by Pres. Grant to be U.S. Minister to Portugal, but he declined.
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