Banks, Nathaniel P. (ON HOLD)

ALS of the House Speaker, Massachusetts US Rep. & Governor, Union Major General

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(1816-94) Mass. US Rep 1853-57, 1865-73, 1875-79, and 1889-91. Elected House Speaker (1856-57) after the longest and one of the most bitter speakership contests, lasting nearly 3 months. Mass. Governor 1858-61. Major General US Vols. 1861, 1st command at Annapolis, Md. suppressing support for the Confederacy in a slave-holding state at risk of seceding. Commanded in the Shenandoah Valley against Stonewall Jackson’s forces, in Nov. 1862 replaced Major General Benjamin Butler at New Orleans commanding the Department of the Gulf. Received thanks of Congress for 1863 capture of Port Hudson, participated in Red River Campaign. On April 22, 1864, Grant requested Chief of Staff Halleck remove Banks from field command in Louisiana. Retaining administrative command of the Army of the Gulf from New Orleans, he went on leave in fall 1864 to the North where Lincoln delegated him to lobby through the winter for the president's reconstruction plans for Louisiana. He was mustered out August 1865 and from 1865-73, again in Congress, was chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He played a key role in final passage of the Alaska Purchase legislation, supported women's suffrage, a strong early advocate of Manifest Destiny, served on committee investigating the Crédit Mobilier scandal. US Marshal for Massachusetts 1879-88. 6 ¼ x 4 ALS, "Friday morning", no place, no date, to a man (difficult to decipher name), offering to meet him at 12 today at No. 22 Mass. Block. IMAGE NOTE: Stain spots on image are NOT visible on original letter.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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