HANDWRITTEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT, FROM THE GOVERNOR OF MISSOURI, MAKING A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE POSITION OF JUDGE OF THE U.S. CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE ST. LOUIS CIRCUIT
Joseph Washington McClurg (1818-1900) Handwritten Letter Signed, "I have the honor to be Very Respectfully, Your Ob. Serv., J. W. McClurg", 1 pg., 7.75 x 10, on "Executive Mansion, Jefferson City, Mo." letterhead, lined paper, April 1, 1869, In Part: "President U. S. Grant, Dear Sir...I take great pleasure in recommending Hon. Geo. P. Strong of St. Louis as one eminently qualified, by character and ability in his profession for the position of Judge of the U.S. Circuit...Indeed I presume Mr. Strong is so well know to you that it useless to say more....", written by the 19th Governor of Missouri in the decade following the American Civil War. An avid unionist, he was a delegate to the historic Gamble Convention in March 1861, in which Missouri agreed to stay in the Union. The letter is docketed "Geo. P. Strong By J. W. McClurg...." The Lt. Governor has also written an endorsement on the lower left "I most cheerfully Concur in this recommendation E. O. Stanard, Lt. Gov of Mo." In fine condition, with minor age toning and usual mailing folds.
Edwin Obed Stanard (1832-1914) was elected to be the 14th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri in 1868, serving from 1869 to 1871, and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1872, serving from 1873 to 1875, being unsuccessful for reelection in 1874. Afterward, he engaged in the manufacturing of flour until his death.