Thayer, John M. & Tipton, ThomasW.

Signatures of Nebraska’s 1st US Senators

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JOHN M. THAYER (1820-1906) Mass.-born Union general, postwar US Senator from Nebraska, Governor of Wyoming Territory, 7th Governor of Nebraska. Moved to Nebraska in 1854, affiliated with the Republican Party. He became Major General of the Territorial Militia and gained a reputation as an Indian fighter against the Pawnee. Elected to the Territorial Legislature in 1860, he resigned his seat in June 1861 to become Colonel of the 1st Nebraska Vol. Infantry in the Western Theater. He led a brigade under Lew Wallace at Fort Donelson & Shiloh. As Brigadier General in Oct. 1862, he led a brigade in the XV Corps at Chickasaw Bayou, Fort Hindman and the siege of Vicksburg. He was then assigned to the cavalry and commanded the District of the Frontier from Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He participated in the Camden Expedition and the Battle of Prairie D'Ane. He led the rearguard of Steele's force at the Battle of Jenkins' Ferry, battling CSA troops under Sterling Price and enabling Steele to extricate his army to safety. In 1865, he was sent to St. Charles, Arkansas and brevetted Major General of Volunteers. He was a member of the 1866 State Constitutional Convention. On admission of Nebraska into the Union, he was elected one of its first US senators, serving 1867-71, losing reelection. President Grant appointed him Governor of Wyoming Territory, serving March 1, 1875- May 29, 1878, then returned to Nebraska to practice law. In 1886, he was elected Governor of Nebraska, serving 1886-88. He served part of a 3rd term, May 5, 1891-Feb.8, 1892. He contested the results of the 1890 election which he lost to James E. Boyd; Boyd was installed as Governor, but Thayer became Governor until the election was ruled in favor of Boyd. Thayer County, Nebraska, is named for him. THOMAS W. TIPTON (1817-1899) Ohio-born, one of Nebraska’s 1st US Senators, served 1867-73, 1873-75 (Republican, Liberal Republican). Ordained a minister in 1856, moved to Brownsville, Neb. 1859. Member of the 1859 Nebraska Constitutional Convention, member of the Territorial Council 1860. During the Civil War, he was chaplain of the 1st Nebraska Vol. Infantry 1861-65, under Thayer. Member of the 1867 State Constitutional Convention, upon admission of Nebraska into the Union, elected as a Republican to the US Senate, serving March 1, 1867-March 3, 1875. He resumed law practice and was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Nebraska in 1880. Signatures of Tipton (2 x 8 ¼)and Thayer (3 ½ x 8 ¼), each while US Senators, on separate pieces from an autograph album. Each adds “Nebraska” under his signature.

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