Civil War Governor of Iowa
(1813–1894) Served as Governor of Iowa, 1860-1864. A strong supporter of President Abraham Lincoln, he was active in raising and equipping dozens of regiments of infantry, as well as cavalry and artillery, for the Union Army. He twice represented Iowa as a United States Senator; first, 1866-1867, and again, 1877-1881. Between his separate terms as a Senator, he served again as Governor of Iowa, 1876-1877. Was the U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President James A. Garfield, 1881-82, and ran unsuccessfully for the office of President of the United States in 1886.
Card Signature: 5 x 3, in ink, S.J. Kirkwood, Born in Harford Co., Maryland, Dec. 20, 1813. Governor of Iowa, 1860 to 1862, 1862 to 1864, 1876 to Feb. 1877 Resigned. Light age toning.