AUTOGRAPH OF THOMAS L. CLINGMAN, CONFEDERATE GENERAL; AUTOGRAPH OF WILLIAM AIKEN OF CHARLESTON, SC ON REVERSE

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Signature reads, “T.L. CLINGMAN’. Paper that contains signature measures 4 ½” x 1 ¼”; clipped from a larger sheet or an album.

Thomas Lanier Clingman (July 27, 1812 – November 3, 1897), known as the "Prince of Politicians," was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1843 to 1845 and from 1847 to 1858, and U.S. Senator from the state of North Carolina between 1858 and 1861. He also served as a general in the Confederate States Army.

He was born in Huntsville, North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1832. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and began practice in Huntsville. He was elected to the State House of Commons in 1835. He was a member of the State Senate in 1840. He was elected as a Whig to the twenty-eighth Congress from 1843-1845, but was not re-elected to the twenty-ninth. He was elected as a Democrat to the thirtieth and to the five succeeding from 1847-1858, when he resigned to become Senator. He was re-elected in 1861 to the Senate, but when the Civil War started he refused to resign his Senate seat, and was expelled from the Senate for support of the Confederacy.

During the Civil War, he was appointed on May 17, 1862 as a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army. After the war, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in New York in 1868. Clingman also explored and measured mountain peaks in North Carolina and Tennessee. Tennessee's highest mountain, also partly in North Carolina, was named Clingman's Dome in his honor. He died in Morganton, North Carolina, and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Aiken’s signature reads, “William Aiken / Charleston”. Believed to be that of William Aiken, Jr. (1806-1877), US Congressman, South Carolina Governor. He served as the Governor of South Carolina from 1844 to 1846. He was later elected to represent South Carolina's 2nd and 6th Districts in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1851 to 1857. He was the first cousin of Confederate Officer and Congressman David Wyatt Aiken. Aiken is buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.   [sm,ld]

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