Lieutenant Colonel on the staff of Confederate General William Preston during the War Between the States
U.S. Congressman & Senator from Kentucky
(1838-1918) Born near Spring Station, Woodford County, Kentucky, attended Sayres Institute, Frankfort, Ky., and graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1857; studied law in Lexington, Ky.; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and practiced in Chicago, until 1860, when he returned to Kentucky. He entered the Confederate Army as a private in 1861 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel by the end of the war, serving on the staff of General William Preston. Served as a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1871-75. Served as United States Congressman, 1875-85; was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia; and served on the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War. Served as United States Senator, 1885-97, and 1901-1907. Appointed Governor of the Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama, by President Theodore Roosevelt, serving 1901-1909.
Card Signature With Place: 3 3/4 x 2 1/4, in ink, Jo. C.S. Blackburn, Kentucky. Very fine.