Connor, Seldon (ON HOLD)


1876 DS as Maine Governor, Brigadier General USV 1864, President of the Society of the Army of the Potomac 1890


Type:  Document
Description: (1839 -1917) Maine soldier, banker, politician, 35th Governor  1876-79.

Tufts College 1859 graduate, following outbreak of the Civil War, entered the military service in May 1861 as a private, 1st Vermont Infantry but became ill  recovering the following winter. In August 1861, he was commissioned lieut. colonel, 7th Maine Infantry, became Colonel, 19th Maine Infantry Jan. 1864, severely wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. Promoted to Brigadier General USV June 11, 1864, he was incapacitated from active field service due to his injuries and was mustered out in 1866.

Connor began political involvement in 1868, becoming an assessor of the Internal Revenue as well as regional Collector of Internal Revenue in 1874. In 1875, he was elected governor as a Republican. He appointed James G. Blaine to a vacant US Senate seat. Connor advocated civil service reform, and supported resumption of specie payments. He was also responsible for successfully promoting a free public school system. Connor resigned January 8, 1879, after failing to win reelection and was United States pension agent 1882-86.

Active in veterans affairs, in 1890 he became President of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. He was senior vice-commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States 1896-99. In 1897, he was again appointed a pension agent and remained a prominent in Maine politics, also served as president of the Northern Banking Company.

16 x 10 ½ partly-printed DS as Governor, Augusta, April 19 1876, completed in clerical hand, appointment of Joshua Nye of Augusta as state Insurance Commissioner for a 3-year term from May 20 1876. Signed by Connor below red paper official state seal at left, also signed by  J. O. Smith, Deputy Secretary of State, below.

Condition: Very good, folds

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