Colonel of the 13th Kansas Infantry during the Civil War
Governor of Idaho Territory
United States Senator from Colorado
(1835-1906) Born near the present day site of Burlington, Iowa, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1853. Served as a member of the Iowa State House of Representatives in 1856. On June 24, 1861, he enlisted as a captain, and was commissioned into Co. F, 1st Nebraska Cavalry. He resigned on February 4, 1862. He was commissioned captain of Co. K, 9th Kansas Cavalry, on July 30, 1862, and was discharged for promotion on September 20, 1862, and commissioned colonel of the 13th Kansas Infantry. Served as brigade commander in the District of the Frontier, 1863-64; and of the Department of Arkansas, 1864-65. Promoted to brevet brigadier general, February 13, 1865. He was mustered out of service on June 28, 1865. Residing in Arkansas after the war, he was president of the Arkansas constitutional convention in 1866, and justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, 1867-71. He was appointed governor of the Idaho Territory by President Ulysses S. Grant, in 1871. Moving to Colorado in 1875, he resumed his law practice, and upon the organization of the State government, was elected judge of the fourth judicial district, 1876-80. Served as a member of the Colorado State House of Representatives, in 1882, and U.S. Senator, 1883-89. He was chairman of the Committee on Mining.
Signature: 4 3/4 x 1 1/8, in ink, Thos. M. Bowen. There is a small hole below the signature which has been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. This defect does not affect the autograph.