Civil War Congressman and Senator from Illinois
(1811-75) Born near Lexington, Ky., he attended Centre College at Danville, Ky., and Transylvania University, at Lexington, Ky., taught school, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1831 and practiced in Shelbyville, Illinois. He served as a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives, 1836-38, and 1844-46, and was speaker in 1844. Was a member of the Illinois State Senate, 1838-42. Was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1844. He fought in the Mexican War as a captain and was promoted to the rank of major. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-56, and 1861-63. Was the Chairman of the Committee on Territories. Served as U.S. Senator, 1863-65.
Signature With Place: 6 x 1 1/2, in ink, W.A. Richardson, Rushville, Ill. Cut slightly close at the top. Bold autograph.