Opdyke, George

1862 LS from New York City’s Civil War Mayor

Price: $50.00

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(1805-1880) Established NYC banking house George Opdyke & Co., member of 1848 Buffalo Free Soil Party convention, delegate to 1860 Republican convention and instrumental in nomination of Lincoln. Mayor of NYC 1862-64 (1st Republican mayor), strongly supported federal government, raised and equipped troops, dealt with July 1863 draft riots, and did much to prevent commercial panics. Member of New York Chamber of Commerce 1858-80, VP 1867-75. LS as Mayor, 2pp (1st & 2nd pp of 8 ½ x 5 ¼ folded engraved Mayor’s Office letterhead), NYC, October 18 1862, to J. Austin Stevens, Esq., Secretary. Opdyke encloses a letter (not present) “…containing a proposition which commends itself to my feelings and judgment…” but upon which he has not the time to act. Mayor Opdyke asks Stevens to call the matter to the attention of the members of the Chamber with the hope that “…one or more gentlemen…will take hold of the humane and really patriotic enterprise.”

Condition: Very good, slight paper loss at top left corner, pinholes at left side
Type:Letter






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