Kiefer, Jos. Warren
Ohio US Rep, 34th House Speaker 1881-83, Brevet Brigadier General in the Civil War, Major General in Spanish-American War
Autograph ID: 6999
Condition: Very good
Description: (1836-1932) Ohio US Rep 1877-85 & 1905-11, House Speaker 1881-83. He was a Major General in the Spanish-American War. He attended Antioch College, worked his family farm, studied law, began law practice in Springfield, Ohio in 1858. A major in the 3rd Ohio Infantry in the Civil War, he fought in western Virginia at Rich Mountain and Cheat Mountain, promoted to Lieut. Colonel. He then joined the 110th Ohio Infantry and became its colonel, leading his regiment at the 2nd Battle of Winchester. After Gettysburg, he was assigned brigade command in III Corps and fought at Wapping Heights. After Lee’s retreat to Virginia, Keifer’s regiment went to New York City to help suppress the draft riots. He returned to the Army of the Potomac for the Overland Campaign and was wounded in the arm at The Wilderness. On return to active duty he took command of the 2nd Brigade in Rickett’s 3rd Div., VI Corps and led his brigade at Winchester and Cedar Creek. During Cedar Creek, Keifer commanded the 3rd Division for the rest of the battle when Ricketts was wounded. For his Shenandoah Valley Campaign service, on Dec. 12, 1864, Lincoln nominated him as brevet Brig. Genl. Vols. to rank from Oct. 19, 1864, the Senate confirming the appointment Feb. 14, 1865. When VI Corps returned to the Army of the Potomac, Gen. Seymour took command of 3rd Div. and Keifer returned to command 2nd Brigade, taking part in the Petersburg breakthrough and the Appomattox Campaign. Following the war, he resumed his law practice and from 1873 to his death, he was an Antioch College trustee. In 1877, he went to Congress and was Speaker of the House (34th) in the 47th Congress (1881-83). During the Spanish-American War, McKinley appointed him Major Genl. US Vols. June 9, 1898. He commanded 7th Army Corps and US forces that marched into Havana after Spanish forces withdrew on Jan. 1, 1899. He published “Slavery and Four Years of War” in 1900, a commentary on the history of slavery in the US and his Civil War experiences. He was 1st commander in chief of United Spanish War Veterans 1900-01, Ohio commander of the Loyal Legion 1903-04, and returned to Congress 1905-11.
Signed 3 ¾ x 5 ¼ fragment of an autograph album page, adds Springfield, Ohio, March 13 1878, while in Congress.