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    James A Garfield Three Franked Covers as Congressman James A. Garfield was in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry when he was elected to Congress for the first time in 1862. He chose to stay in the Army and was commissioned Major General on September 19, 1863 following his gallantry at the Battle of Chickamauga. He resigned his commission a few weeks later, finally taking his seat in Congress, a position he would hold for nine terms. Garfield became our 20th President on March 4, 1881, was wounded by would-be assassin Charles Guiteau on July 2nd of that year, and finally succumbed to his wounds (or possibly the doctors' ineptitude?) on September 19, 1881. This lot contains three covers (envelopes) written to B(urke) A. Hinsdale, President of Hiram College in Portage County, Ohio. Each is franked with an authentic signature of J. A. Garfield, MC and postmarked Free Washington D.C. Notated on the back are the dates the letters were written - either 1870 or 1872. Hinsdale was a longtime friend and correspondent of Garfield's and was the author of an often-referenced two-volume book on Garfield, Works. Much of their correspondence was published in the Garfield-Hinsdale Letters, edited by Mary L. Hinsdale in 1949. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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