DescriptionHannibal Hamlin Autograph Letters (Two) Signed "H. Hamlin". Both are two pages (marked "Private"), 5" x 8", dated May 1866 and May 1868, and written to Maine Congressman Sidney Perham concerning Andrew Johnson's presidential successor and Maine politics. Both with folds; fine.
Hannibal Hamlin narrowly missed becoming president when he was replaced as vice-president for Abraham Lincoln's second term by Andrew Johnson. Before later being elected as a U.S. Senator from Maine in 1869, Hamlin wrote these letters.
In the May 4, 1866, letter (written on "Custom House, Boston, Collector's Office" letterhead), Hamlin writes of his preference for either "Mr Godfrey" or Edward Fox to take the place of the retiring Maine District Court Judge Ashur Ware. Fox was eventually appointed.
During Andrew Johnson's troubled term as president, Benjamin Wade, serving as President pro tempore of the Senate, was in line to be the presidential successor (Johnson had no vice-president). Hamlin, concerned about this possibility, writes in the May 9, 1868, letter, "Mr. [Benjamin] Wade will not offer me any place, if he shall become Prest. If however he shall, it will be time enough then to determine what, I will or ought to do, and before determining one way or the other, I will probably see you."
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