Tracy, Benjamin F.

Unusual black-bordered official card signed as Benjamin Harrison’s Navy Secretary

Price: $30.00

Description:
(1830-1915) New York politician, Secretary of the Navy 1889-93 (Harrison). During the Civil War, he commanded the 109th NY Inf. Regt., awarded Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of the Wilderness on May 6, 1864. Later that year, he became commandant of the Elmira prisoner of war camp, before being appointed Colonel of the 127th Inf., US Colored Troops, in 1864, discharged from volunteer service June 1865. In 1867, President Johnson nominated him as Bvt. Brig. Genl. USV from March 13, 1865, confirmed by the Senate. He was US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York 1866-77 and served on the New York Court of Appeals Dec. 1881-Dec. 1882. As Secretary, he helped create the "New Navy", a major reform of the service which fell into obsolescence after the Civil War. Like President Harrison, he supported a strategy focused more on offense, rather than on coastal defense and commerce raiding. A major ally was Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan who supported construction of a "blue-water Navy" that could do battle on the high seas. Tracy also supported construction of modern warships. After leaving the Department, he again took up law practice and helped negotiate a settlement to the boundary dispute between Venezuela and Great Britain. He was GOP candidate to be the 1st Mayor of Greater New York City when the 5 boroughs consolidated in 1898 but came in 3rd. The town of Tracyton, Washington is named for him, as is Tracy Arm, a fjord in Alaska. Unusual 2 ¼ x 3 3/4 black-bordered signed official “The Secretary of the Navy” calling card. Tracy's wife and child died in a fire at their Washington residence in 1890 while he was Navy Secretary.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed official card






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