Ulysses S. Grant's 2nd Administration and the 43rd Congress, Autograph Album, 1875
Autograph book, 7 x 8.5 in., full leather, all edges gilt, gilt lettering and fillets on front, gilt doublure. Reportedly assembled by Vice President Henry Wilson (whose signature appears twice on the first page), 150pp. With 373 autographs, collected mostly between 5 and 10 February, 1875. Including: President U.S. Grant, James G. Blaine (Speaker of the House), Secretaries Hamilton Fish (State), Benjamin Bristow (Treasury), William Belknap (War), George Robeson (Navy), Columbus Delano (Interior), plus Postmaster General Marshall Jewell and George Williams (Attny. General). The entire Supreme Court has signed: Chief Justice Morrison Waite, and Associate Justices Nathan Clifford, Noah Swayne, Samuel Miller, David Davis, Stephen Field, Joseph Bradley William Strong and Ward Hunt.
There are 68 Senators, including Hannibal Hamlin (Lincoln's 1st VP), Roscoe Conkling (NY political boss), and John Sherman (anti-trust legislator). The remaining 286 are House of Representatives members, although 5 have signed twice. This includes representatives from 8 of 9 Territories (missing only Colorado) and Washington, DC. Among the Representatives we find Alexander Stephens, former VP of the Confederacy; James A. Garfield, future President and only sitting House member to be elected President; Stephen Hurlbut, former Union General, Minister to Colombia and Peru and founder of the GAR; Richard Bland, threw support behind Bryan, thereby giving up the 1896 Democratic nomination; and Benjamin Butler, Union Major General, served in the impeachment hearings of Andrew Johnson.
There seem to be only 28 members of Congress missing (Senate and House together). At least one member was missing because the results of his district election were not decided until March, so he could not take his seat. Complete list available upon request.
More complete than other similar autograph collections we have handled.
Leather somewhat worn, binding loose. But holding together. Leaves generally clean with no toning. Just a few small ink smears, not unexpected given the amount of handling this must have had.