DescriptionJames Nye Checks (2) Signed. "James W. Nye" as the first territorial governor of Nevada. Both checks are dated 1861 (October 28 and November 5) and are drawn from Wells Fargo & Co. "No. 1" is issued for $36 to [illegible] and K. Carter. This check is blank on the verso. Check "No. 2" is issued for $170 to Warren Watson. Watson has endorsed the verso of the check.
On March 2, 1861, Nye was appointed governor of the Nevada Territory by the new president, Abraham Lincoln. The territory was admitted to the Union as the thirty-sixth state in October 1864, six months before the Civil War ended. Nye was then promptly elected to the U.S. Senate.
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