Lewis Eliphalet Parsons (1817-1895) Signed Slip, "L. E. Parsons of Alabama", 4.5 x 2, by the attorney, state legislator, and Provisional Governor of Alabama during Presidential Reconstruction following the end of the American Civil War. He was elected to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate but was rejected along with representatives of other former Confederate states by the Congress. On May 29, 1865, President Andrew Johnson announced a plan of Reconstruction for the former Confederate states and on June 21 appointed Parsons, a respected, moderate Unionist (In the broadest sense, Unionist has meant any white person who opposed secession), as the provisional governor of Alabama. He served until December 20, 1865. Parsons declared in force all Alabama laws enacted before January 11, 1861, except those regarding slavery, which was abolished, and an ordnance of secession null and void, and retained in office former Confederate officeholders. Johnson's plan required prospective voters to swear an amnesty oath to the United States to regain their citizenship, and those disfranchised had to apply for a presidential pardon. In fine condition, with minor age toning.