War Between the States

Served as Abraham Lincoln's Vice President, 1861-64

United States Congressman & Senator from Maine


(1809-91) A Maine lawyer, he served in the state legislature, U.S. Congress, and the Senate as a Democrat. His anti-slavery sentiments however brought him to the new Republican party in 1856. He was elected Governor of Maine in the same year and later resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he became increasingly prominent. Chosen as Abraham Lincoln's running mate in the 1860 presidential election, he served capably in that position from 1861-64. He was elected again to the Senate in 1869, supporting the reconstruction policies of his party, serving until 1881 when he was named Minister to Spain. His sons, Cyrus and Charles both attained rank of general in the Union army during the Civil War.

Signature With Closing: 4 x 2, in ink, affixed to a 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 card mount. The signature was cut from the closing of a letter, and is signed, In haste, yours truly, H. Hamlin. The recipient's name is written at the lower left, and there are 4 words written by Hamlin above his closing sentiment. Vertical fold split going through the "m" in Hamlin, and the "u" in yours. Light age toning. Boldly penned.

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