U.S. and Confederate States Congressman
Governor of South Carolina
Autograph Letter Signed
(1813-90) A lawyer by profession, he graduated from South Carolina College, (now the state university), and fought in both the Seminole uprising of 1836 and the Mexican War. His political career began with election to the South Carolina state house of representatives in 1840. The secession of his state from the Union found him a member of the Federal Congress to which he had been elected in 1857 to fill the unexpired term of his cousin, Preston Brooks, who had resigned following his notorious physical assault on Senator Charles Sumner. Immediately resigning upon the secession of South Carolina in December 1860, Bonham was appointed major general and commander of the South Carolina army, and on April 23, 1861, was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. Bonham resigned his commission in January 1862 to take his seat in the First Regular Confederate Congress, a post which he also resigned upon his election as governor of South Carolina in January 1863. At the expiration of his term, he once again donned a military uniform, and was reappointed a Confederate brigadier general and joined General Joseph E. Johnston's army during the 1865 Carolina's campaign.
Autograph Letter Signed: 8 x 10, in ink.
Edgefield, [S.C.], Feby. 14, 1842
I do hope to meet you in town Race week, but as some uncertainty yet hangs over the matter, I drop you this line to inform you that Simkins has not paid [?] except by promises fair. I perceive the J.O.O.H. Societies make themselves known to the world by eloquent orations & celebrations to become united with your body as much as anything else will bring me. If I come I will be at Jones the latter part of this or first of next week.
Yours very truly,
Light age toning and wear. Very fine.