Alvin Hawkins Tn Congressman, Governor 1881-83: 1881 Signed Commission
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Alvin Hawkins Tn Congressman, Governor 1881-83: 1881 Signed Commission:
FRAMEABLE Part-printed Appointment of N. G. Taylor as a Justice of the Peace, hand-signed by Governor Hawkins. Attractive document with embossed great seal of Tennessee at lower left. Signature bold and clear. Document size 11.5 in. by 18 in. on rag-content paper. Mildly age toned, has been folded, a few scattered tiny stains in the margins, overall fine condition. From Wikipedia: Hawkins read law under Judge Benjamin Totten, and was admitted to the bar in 1843. He briefly practiced with his cousin, Isaac R. Hawkins, before establishing his own practice in Huntingdon. A Whig, Hawkins campaigned against secession in the late 1850s, and supported Constitutional Union Party candidate John Bell, in the presidential election of 1860. While many anti-secession Tennessee Whigs switched their support to the Confederacy after the Battle of Fort Sumter, Hawkins remained staunchly pro-Union for the duration of the Civil War. In December 1862, after the Union Army had regained control of much of West Tennessee, the state's military governor, Andrew Johnson, called for congressional elections to be held in its 9th and 10th congressional districts. Hawkins was elected to the 9th district seat, but the House of Representatives deemed his vote total (1,900) to be too low in proportion to his district's population (18,000), and refused to seat him. He spent the next few months scouting West Tennessee to gather information for the state's military authorities. In 1864, he was appointed United States Attorney for West Tennessee by President Abraham Lincoln.