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The News From Maine." James A. Garfield, ALS (Autograph Letter Signed) Mentor, Ohio, September 15, [1880]
n.p., Mentor, Ohio, 1880. Letter. Paper measures 8" x 10". One page manuscript. Creased, with light soiling, two very small splits along folds, and two cloth-tape repairs to the verso. Addressed to "My Dear Baker" and signed "Very Truly Yours Ja Garfield." This one page letter was written to H.R. Baker of Racine, Wisconsin, regarding an engine repair and shipping instructions (via the "L.S. and Ms RR," i.e., the Lake Superior and Mississippi Railroad, which had gone under in the Panic of 1873 and been reorganized in 1877 as the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad), and further requesting that Baker "be good enough to send any directives which you think necessary to come with it." Garfield further comments on recent political events in Maine, a safe seat for Garfield's Republican party having been overturned on September 13, 1880 by Greenback and Democratic nominee Harris M. Plaisted, who narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Governor Daniel F. Davis, resulting in one of the only times Republicans lost control of the Maine governorship between the founding of the party in the 1850s and the Great Depression. The upset seemed to foreshadow what would be a very close presidential election: " Perhaps we were a little over confident and needed this check to make us work well. I hope the news . will not discourage our friends from vigorous persecution of the campaign." ___________________________ James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States, was the President who almost wasn't - and the President who wasn't for very long. Born November 19, 1831, he was the first sitting me … [Click Below for Full Description]
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