Blackburn, Joseph C. S.


Kentucky US Rep & Senator, 5th highest US mountain named for him, Panama Canal Zone Governor 1907-09


Autograph ID: 7000
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1838-1918) Kentucky US Rep & Senator, a skilled and spirited orator and prominent trial lawyer known for his skill at swaying juries. He was the younger brother of Kentucky Gov. Luke P. Blackburn. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, studied law in Lexington, and admitted to the bar in 1858. He entered the CSA Army as a private in 1861, by the end of the War he was a lieutenant colonel. In 1868 he returned to Kentucky and opened law offices in Versailles. Jhe was a state legislator (D) 1871-75 then US Rep 1875-85.
He was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia in the 45th Congress. In 1885, US Army Lt. Henry T. Allen named a mountain after him, Mount Blackburn, highest peak in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska and 5th highest peak in the US. He was elected to the US Senate in 1884 and served to 1897. He was the chairman of the Committee on Rules in the 53rd Congress. He was again elected to the Senate in 1900 and served 1907. Loosely associated with the free-silver wing of the Democratic party, his name was placed in nomination for the presidency in 1896. He was named Governor of the Panama Canal Zone by President Theodore Roosevelt, serving 1907-09, then returned to his Kentucky estate.

2 ½ x 5 ¼ signature from an autograph album, adds “Versailles/ Kentucky” under his signature. No place (Washington), no date (ca. 1878). On the verso is the signature of Robert B. Vance (1828-1899), brother of Zebulon B. Vance, No. Carolina US Rep (D) 1873-85. He attained the rank of Brigadier General in the CSA Army. He adds “Riverside/N.C.” under his signature.”
Type: Signature

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