McClelland, Robert

Clipped signature of the Michigan statesman, Interior Secretary 1853-57 (Pierce)

Price: $25.00

Description:
(1807-1880) Michigan US Rep, 9th Governor of Michigan, US Secretary of the Interior. Dickinson College 1829 graduate, practiced law in Pittsburgh, and in 1833, moved to Monroe, Michigan Territory. He established a successful law practice there and was a member of the 1835 constitutional convention. He served in the Michigan legislature 1838 & 1840 and was House Speaker 1843. He was US Rep (D) 1843-49. Going against the general opinion of the Democratic Party, he was a strong advocate of the Wilmot Proviso, which would have restricted the spread of slavery to new states. He actively supported his friend Lewis Cass's 1848 presidential bid and did not seek reelection that year. McClelland played a prominent role in the 1850 Michigan constitutional convention. Due to changes adopted in that constitution, in 1851 he was elected to a one-year term as Governor, re-elected to a full two-year term in 1852. As governor, he softened his support of the Wilmot Proviso and supported the Compromise of 1850. He played a prominent role at the 1852 Democratic convention and resigned as governor in March 1853 to become President Pierce's Secretary of the Interior 1853-57. After Buchanan's inauguration, he retired from public office and practiced law in Detroit. He served as a member of the 1867 Michigan constitutional convention. Clipped 1 1/4 x 3 signature from close of an ALS, mounted to same size piece; undated. Uncommon autograph!

Condition: Closely cropped at top affects 2 letters in sentiment
Type:Signature






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