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John Sherman

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Sherman replies to an autograph request

John Sherman, 1823–1900.  United States Senator from Ohio, 1861–1877, 1881–1897; Secretary of the Treasury, 1877–1881; Secretary of State, 1897–1898.  Autograph Letter Signed, Very Truly Yours / John Sherman, one page, 5” x 5¼”, on stationery of the Senate Chamber, Washington, D.C., January 14, 1895. 

Sherman, a giant in American politics in the second half of the 19th Century, sends a courteous response to an autograph seeker:  “I comply with your request with pleasure.” 

Sherman, the brother of Union Major General William Tecumseh Sherman, served two Presidents as members of their cabinets—Rutherford B. Hayes as Secretary of the Treasury and William McKinley as Secretary of State.  Among his other accomplishments as a member of the Senate, he sponsored and secured virtually unanimous passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act, which President Theodore Roosevelt wielded against big business in pursuit of his progressive agenda. 

The letter has one horizontal fold, which affects nothing, and there is a collector's pencil notation in the lower left corner.  The letter also has some age rippling and mounting remnants in the corners on the back, and the bottom edge of the paper shows that the bottom part of the page has been cleanly torn away.  Overall it is in very good condition.

Unframed.    Please click here for information about custom framing this piece.


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