Clayton, Powell (ON HOLD)
1889 TLS from Union general, 1st Republican (“carpetbag”) Arkansas governor
Autograph ID: 2872
Condition: Very good, folds, few slight creases, one slight center edge fold start
Description: “(1833-1914) Engineer, Union general in Civil War, 1st “carpetbag” Governor of Arkansas, Ambassador to Mexico (McKinley-Roosevelt). 1st Kansas Infantry captain May 1861, 5th Kansas Cavalry lieut. colonel Dec. 1861, colonel March 1862, brigadier general of volunteers Aug. 1864. Served primarily in Arkansas and Missouri, commanded occupation forces in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and successfully defended the city from Confederate attacks. 1st Republican governor 1868-71, tenure marked with financial growth and population increase although forced to declare martial law in the beginning. Strong advocate for education & railroad construction, fought the KKK. US Senator 1871-77, got President Grant to redirect “Hanging Judge” Isaac Parker from Utah to Fort Smith to bring law and order to the region. In 1882, he moved to Eureka Springs (Carroll County), speculated in land as president of the Eureka Springs Improvement Company, which encouraged construction of a railroad to the city and the building of the Crescent Hotel. Participated in construction of the town’s street railway, successfully developed sewer and water system. Ambassador to Mexico 1897-1905.
TLS on 10 ¾ x 8 ¼engraved letterhead as President, Eureka Improvement Company, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, September 10 1889, to Commissioner of Pensions, washington. Clayton asks that long-standing claim of D. M. Catlett of Fayetteville be taken up and disposed of.”