Elihu Washburne on winter activities and clothing, Augusta, 1836

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Elihu Washburne on winter activities and clothing, Augusta, 1836

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Elihu Washburne (1816-1887), son of Israel and Martha Benjamin Washburn, led a notable life in politics. He was born and raised in Livermore, but moved to Galena, Illinois in his twenties to set up his law practice.

When he wrote this letter to his brother, Washburne was working as a printer for the Kennebec Journal newspaper in Augusta. He wrote about writing during sessions of the legislature and attending church meetings. He left this job for health reasons and returned to studying at the Wesleyan Seminary at Kents Hill. He later attended Harvard Law School and passed the bar exam before moving to Illinois.

Washburne became a U.S. Congressman for the state of Illinois in 1853. He served in that position for so long that he was nicknamed "Father of the House." He was decidedly supportive of his friend and fellow politician, Abraham Lincoln.

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About This Item

  • Title: Elihu Washburne on winter activities and clothing, Augusta, 1836
  • Creator: Washburne, Elihu Benjamin
  • Creation Date: 1836-01-17
  • Subject Date: 1836-01-17
  • Town: Augusta, Boston, Raynham, Waterville
  • County: Bristol, Kennebec, Suffolk
  • State: MA, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25.49 cm x 20.29 cm
  • Local Code: Box 2 Folder 2 #41
  • Collection: Elihu B. Washburne Collection Letters Sent: 1833-1887
  • Object Type: Text

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