Black, Frank S.
New York Governor 1897-98, dropped from the GOP ticket after a scandal, replaced by Theodore Roosevelt
Autograph ID: 6298
Condition: Very good, very slight toning at left edge, tiny pinhole top center
Description: “(1853-1913) Newspaper editor, lawyer and politician, NY US Rep (R) 1895-97, 32nd Governor of New York 1897-98. Maine-born, he attended Dartmouth College, moved to Johnstown, NY and to edit the Johnstown Journal. An ardent follower of James G. Blaine, Black changed the political stance of the paper while the Democratic owner was away, and was promptly dismissed upon his return. He moved to Troy, NY, and worked for the Troy Whig and the Troy Times while he studied law, and was admitted to the bar. He developed a solid reputation after successfully prosecuting a high-profile murder case. He resigned from Congress Jan. 7, 1897 having been elected Governor by a large majority. As Governor, he urged completion of the state Capitol, lobbied for election reform, supported the Spanish-American War, and improved the Erie Canal. A major scandal on the Erie Canal Commission, where one of Black's appointees illegally spent $1M, put his reelection in doubt. Party leaders replaced him with Spanish-American War hero Theodore Roosevelt and Black resumed his law practice.
Signed 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card”
Type: Signed Card