Key, David M.

April 1877 ALS as Postmaster General to President Hayes, trying to arrange a meeting for a Post Office Department employee with him

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(1824-1900) Tennessee US Senator (D) 1875-77, Postmaster General 1877-80 (Hayes), US district court judge. Chattanooga lawyer, enlisted in the CSA Tennessee 43rd Inf. Regt., mustered out as a lieut. colonel, resumed practice of law in Chattanooga to 1868. He was a member of the 1870 state constitutional convention which composed the state constitution still in effect. In Aug. 1870, he was elected chancellor of the Chattanooga (3rd) division, resigning in 1875 to accept appointment to the Senate seat created by the death of Andrew Johnson. Defeated in the next Senate election in the state General Assembly, he was appointed Postmaster General by President Hayes as part of the Compromise of 1877 to ensure there was Democratic power in the Republican cabinet. Key's work as Postmaster General was harshly criticized in Mark Twain's autobiography. He was nominated by Hayes to the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee May 19, 1880, retired Jan. 21, 1895. Brief 7 3/4 x 5 ALS "D. M. Key" while Postmaster General for 3 1/2 weeks, Washington, April 6 1877, to his boss, President Rutherford B. Hayes. Key requests the President meet with Edward Lowe, a Post Office Department officer, "...in regard to a matter of interest in regard to his father."

Condition: Very good, small light yellow stain at lower left not affecting content
Type:Letter






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