Frelinghuysen, Frederick T.

Signature of the New Jersey US Senator 1866-67, later Secretary of State (Arthur, 1881-85)

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(1817-1885) New Jersey US Senator 1866-67 & 1871-77, Secretary of State 1881-85 (Arthur). Member of the prominent Frelinghuysen family of New Jersey: grandfather Frederick (1753–1804) was a framer of the 1st New Jersey Constitution and member (1778–79 & 1782–83) of the Continental Congress, and US Senator 1793-96; uncle Theodore (1787–1862) was state Attorney General 1817-29, US Senator 1829-35, and 1844 Whig candidate for Vice President with Henry Clay. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1836, and studied law in Newark with his uncle, to whose practice he succeeded in 1839, after he was admitted to the bar. He was a delegate to the 1860 Republican Convention and was New Jersey Attorney General 1861-67. He was a delegate to the 1861 Washington Peace Conference, and, in 1866, was appointed to fill a vacancy in the US Senate. In the winter of 1867, he was elected to fill the unexpired term, but a Democratic majority in the Legislature prevented his re-election in 1869. In 1870, he was nominated by President Grant, and confirmed by the Senate, as Ambassador to the United Kingdom, but declined the mission. He was again a member of the Senate 1871-77, and was chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs during the Alabama Claims negotiations. He was a strong opponent of President Johnson’s Reconstruction measures, and voted for conviction in the impeachment trial. He was a member of the Joint Committee that drew up and reported the 1877 Electoral Commission Bill, and was a member of the Commission that decided the 1876 presidential election. As a Republican, he voted with the 8-member majority on all counts. On Dec. 12, 1881, he was appointed Secretary of State by President Arthur to succeed James G. Blaine, and served until the 1885 inauguration of President Cleveland. Signature on 2 ¾ x 6 ¼ fragment of an autograph album page adding “New Jersey” under signature, likely while US Senator. Undated but ca. 1869.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signature






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