Confederate General Howell Cobb Signed Free Frank - Speaker of the House

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Confederate General Howell Cobb Signed Free Frank - Speaker of the House

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Item #SQ8592854

Offered here is an authentic free frank signed by Howell Cobb and addressed to his brother-in-law and close friend, Colonel John B. Lamar. A southern Democrat, Howell Cobb was a five-term member of the United States House of Representatives and Speaker of the House from 1849 to 1851. He also served as a Secretary of the Treasury under President James Buchanan (1857–1860) and the 40th Governor of Georgia (1851–1853). He is, however, probably best known as one of the founders of the Confederacy, having served as the President of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, in which delegates of the Southern slave states which had declared that they had seceded from the United States created the Confederate States. Cobb served for two weeks between the foundation of the Confederacy and the election of Jefferson Davis as its first President. This made him, as the Speaker of the Congress, provisional Head of State at this time.

Cobb also served as a Brigadier General in the Confederate service, during which time Lamar served on his staff.

Free franked cover signed "Howell Cobb" to Colonel Lamar at the American Hotel in New York City. Measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/4". Very good condition.

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