United States Congressman and Senator from Wisconsin
(1816-1900) Born in Whiting, Rutland County, Vermont, he moved with his parents to Crown Point, New York, in 1817, attended the common schools, moved to Fond duc Lac County, Wisconsin, in 1847, and engaged in the lumber business. He served as a member of the Wisconsin Assembly in 1857 and 1861, and was the mayor of Oshkosh, 1863-64. He was a U.S. Congressman, from 1865-75, serving as the chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures, and he also served on the Committee on Pacific Railroads. Elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 1881, he served in this position until 1893. During his term in the Senate he was the chairman of the Committee on Railroads, and also served on the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads.
Signature: 3 1/2 x 3/4, in ink, Philetus Sawyer.