United States Senator from Connecticut
(1879-1905) Born in Washington, Litchfield County, Conn., he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1850, and commenced practice in Towanda, Pa., and then Meriden, Conn. He was clerk of the State senate, 1855-56; secretary of the State of Connecticut, 1857; member of the State senate, 1861-62; member of the State house of representatives, 1864 and 1869, serving as speaker in the latter year; State's attorney for New Haven County, 1877-79; and served as U.S. Senator, from 1879 until his death in 1905. During his time in the senate he served as the chairman on the Committee on Patents, and as a member on the Committee on Pensions, the Committee on Territories, the Committee on Cuban Relations, and the Committee on the Judiciary.
Signature: 3 3/4 x 1/2, in ink, O.H. Platt.