Free frank on cover as U.S. Senator
Civil War Governor of Connecticut
U.S. Senator from Connecticut
(1804-75) A successful merchant and manufacturer, he was the Republican Governor of Connecticut from 1858 to 1866 when he refused nomination. During the Civil War he worked very closely with President Lincoln and raised more soldiers than were required from his state. He served in the Senate until his death and contributed generously to philanthropies, including the Yale theological school. There is a statue of him in the statehouse in Hartford.
Free Frank on Cover: addressed to Mr. Henry S. Hoover, 1030 Morgan St., Philadelphia, with C.D.S., Washington, D.C., Free. Free frank signature at upper right, Wm. A. Buckingham, U.[nited] S.[tates] S.[enate]. Docket on the reverse, W.A. Buckingham, U.S. Senator, with C.D.S., Phild'a, Feb. 14, 10 P.M. Light age toning. Large bold signature. Very fine.