Woodford, Stewart L.
1868 ANS while NY Lieutenant Governor
Autograph ID: 6028
Condition: Good, mount remnants verso, folds
Description: “(1835-1913) NY lawyer, in 1860 he was chosen messenger of the NY electoral college to convey to Washington its vote in favor of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. In 1861 he was appointed Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, holding office about 18 months until he joined the Army as a volunteer, serving until 1865. He was chief-of-staff to Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore in the Department of the South, Lieut. Colonel 127th NYV 1862-65, Colonel 103rd US Colored Infantry March 1865, Bvt Brig Genl USV May 1865. 1st US Military Governor of Charleston and Savannah. On Jan. 13, 1866, President Johnson nominated him as brevet brigadier general USV to rank from May 12, 1865, confirmed by the Senate March 12, 1866. NY Lieut. Governor (R) 1867-68, lost 1870 gubernatorial election to incumbent John Hoffman. NY US Rep (R) 1873-74, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York 1877-83. In June 1897, President McKinley appointed Woodford Minister to Spain. Spain severed diplomatic relations with the US April 21, 1898, Woodford left his post the same day. The US declared war on Spain as of that date by Act of Congress approved April 25, 1898.
5 x 8 ANS, closing lines of ALS while Lieutenant Governor, (NYC), May 22 1868, 6” long signature.”