Welles, Gideon (ON HOLD)


1841 ADS as Hartford, Connecticut Postmaster


Autograph ID: 2696
Condition: Very good, rough left edge, trimmed at top not affecting content
Description: “(1802-1878) Lawyer, journalist, founder and editor of the Hartford Times 1826. Connecticut state legislator (D) 1827-1835, following which he served as State Controller of Public Accounts 1835, Postmaster of Hartford 1836-41, and Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing for the Navy 1846-49. Because of his strong anti-slavery views, Welles shifted allegiance in 1854 to the newly-established Republican Party, and founded a newspaper in 1856, the Hartford Evening Press, that espoused Republican ideals for decades thereafter. Welles’ strong support of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 made him the logical candidate from New England for Lincoln’s cabinet, and in March 1861 Lincoln named Welles his Secretary of the Navy (1861-69, Lincoln-Johnson). His buildup of the Navy to successfully execute blockades of Southern ports was a key component of Northern victory of the Civil War. Welles was also instrumental in the Navy’s creation of the Medal of Honor. Returned to the Democratic Party after disagreeing with Andrew Johnson’s reconstruction policies but supported him during his impeachment trial.

6 ¼ x 8 early ADS on lined paper while Hartford Postmaster, Hartford, Conn., January 5 1841, receipt for $60.37 deposited by S. M. Mitchell, Postmaster of Plymouth, Conn., to the credit of the Treasurer of the US for the service of the Post Office Department.”
Type: Document

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