Lieutenant Colonel, 15th New Hampshire Infantry
Twice wounded during the battles at Port Hudson, Louisiana
United States Congressman & Senator from New Hampshire
Dwight M. Sabin, United States Senator from Minnesota
Henry W. Blair: (1834-1920) Born in Crampton, Grafton County, N.H., he attended the common schools and private academies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Plymouth, N.H. He was appointed prosecuting attorney for Grafton County in 1860. He enlisted in the Union army at Plymouth, N.H., on October 2, 1862, and was commissioned major of the 15th New Hampshire Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on April 8, 1863, and was severely wounded on May 27, 1863, and again on June 14, 1863, during the battles of Port Hudson, Louisiana. He was mustered out of the service on August 13, 1863, at Concord. In 1866, he served as a member of the New Hampshire State House of Representatives; and was a member of the state senate, 1867-1868. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1875-1879; and was a member of the U.S. Senate, from 1879-1891. He was the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to China by President Benjamin Harrison, on March 6, 1891, but he was objected to by the Chinese Government as being persona non grata, and subsequently tendered his resignation which was accepted on October 6, 1891. He served once again as a U.S. Congressman, 1893-1895.
Dwight M. Sabin: (1843-1902) Born near Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois, he moved to Connecticut with his parents in 1857; attended the country schools and Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War; employed as a clerk in Washington, D.C. He returned to Connecticut in 1864 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and also in the lumber business. He moved to Stillwater, Minnesota in 1868, engaged in lumbering and the general manufacture of railroad cars and agricultural machinery. Served as a member of the Minnesota State Senate, 1872-1875; and in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1878 and 1881. He was chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1883-1884. Served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, from 1883-1889, serving as the chairman on the Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service, and was also on the Committee on Railroads.
Signatures: Both senators have signed a 3 3/4 x 1 1/8 slip of paper in ink, H.W. Blair and below D.M. Sabin.