U.S. Senator from Virginia
(1818-95) Born in Lynnwood, Rockingham County, Va., March 1, 1818; attended an old field school; engaged in agricultural pursuits; delegate to the Virginia State secession convention in 1861 but refused to sign the ordinance of secession; elected lieutenant governor of Virginia in 1869; upon the readmission of the State of Virginia to representation in the U.S. government, he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from January 26, 1870, to March 3, 1875; chairman, Committee on the District of Columbia (Forty-third Congress); appointed by Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes, as United States marshal for the western district of Virginia, serving 1875-1882; elected lieutenant governor again in 1881; resumed agricultural pursuits; died at "Lynnwood," Rockingham County, Va., September 2, 1895; interment in the family burial ground.
Autograph Note Signed: 7 1/2 x 2, in ink. I have known Col. Peirce for several years, and most cheerfully recommend him to your favorable consideration. John F. Lewis. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.