Bruce, Blanche K. & Lamar, Lucius Q. C.

The former slave and former slave owning drafter of Mississippi ‘s Ordinance of Secession, unlikely Senate colleagues!

Price: $350.00

Description:
LUCIUS Q. C. LAMAR (1825-1893) Mississippi US Rep 1857-60 & 1873-77. Lamar retired from the House Dec. 1860 to become a member of the Mississippi Secession Convention. The state's Ordinance of Secession was drafted by Lamar. CSA envoy to Russia 1862 and special envoy to England and France. US Senator (D) 1877-85, Secretary of the Interior 1885-88 (Cleveland). As Associate Justice 1888-93, wrote pro-business opinions in Kidd v. Pearson (1888) narrowly defining “commerce” as excluding manufacturing, and McCall v. California (1890) protecting interstate commerce from state interference. BLANCHE K. BRUCE (1841-1898) Born a slave, 1st African-American to serve a full US Senate term 1875-81. The Mississippi Republican, championed rights of Indians, Chinese & Blacks. Registrar of US Treasury 1881, 1897-98, DC Recorder of Deeds 1891-93. 4 ¼ x 7 ½ autograph album page signed ca. 1877-81 by Mississippi’s 2 US Senators, L. Q. C. Lamar and Blanche K. Bruce, both adding “Miss” under their signatures. In an 1877 letter to his friend Edward Donaldson Clark, Lamar conveyed his impressions of his colleague, Bruce, calling him a “noble negro.” Bruce voted for Lamar’s admission to the Senate. They maintained a cordial relationship. Signatures can be separated for matting and framning individually if desired.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Album Page






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