Israel Washburn Jr. on Lincoln's inauguration, Augusta, 1861

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Israel Washburn Jr. on Lincoln's inauguration, Augusta, 1861

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Israel Washburn Jr. wrote to his brother, Illinois Congressman Elihu Benjamin Washburne, concerning President Lincoln’s inauguration, danger of an attack on Washington, and raising money and troops for the Civil War effort.

Israel Washburn Jr. (1813-1883) was the eldest son of Israel and Martha Washburn. Raised in Livermore, he studied under his Uncle to be a lawyer, and later passed his bar exam in Orono in 1834.

Israel met his first wife Mary Maud Webster in Orono, they married on October 24, in 1841. They had four children, Israel, Ada, Charles, and Anna.

Israel Washburn joined the House of Representatives in 1842, and was elected to Congress in 1851. Later he served as Maine’s Civil War Governor from 1861 to 1863.

President Lincoln appointed Israel Washburn the Collector of the Port of Portland in 1863, a position he held until 1877. A year earlier in 1876, Israel married his second wife Robina Napier Brown.

Elihu Benjamin Washburne (1816-1887), who added the ancestral "e" to the name Washburn, son of Israel and Martha (Benjamin) Washburn, was best known for his personal and political friendships with Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois in 1852 and he stayed there until 1869. He served as U.S. Minister to France from 1869 to 1877.

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  • Title: Israel Washburn Jr. on Lincoln's inauguration, Augusta, 1861
  • Creator: Israel Washburn Jr.
  • Creation Date: 1861-01-21
  • Subject Date: 1861-01-21
  • Location: Augusta , Kennebec County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 cm x 19.8 cm
  • Local Code: Box 1, Folder 1, #339
  • Collection: Israel Washburn Jr. Collection, Correspondence, Sent: 1841-1883
  • Object Type: Text

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