Young Benjamin Harrison Writes President Lincoln About "Spoils" Due Indiana

March 6, 1861

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Young Benjamin Harrison Writes President Lincoln About "Spoils" Due Indiana
Autograph Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 1236

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      Lawyer Harrison made more than eighty stump speeches for lawyer Lincoln in 1860 and so, on just the second day of Lincoln’s presidency, Harrison writes with confidence to the president about  “equitable distribution of the offices.” Lest Indiana be slighted, Harrison endorses Senatorial Elector and Lincoln canvasser Will Cumback as worthy of “a mark of Administrative favor.”  Lincoln didn’t need to be asked twice – although it seems that every Republican in Indiana asked once. Former Congressman Cumback was appointed a paymaster.


      Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page, quarto, Indianapolis, March 5, 1861. To President Abraham Lincoln.
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