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Buchanan, James (1791-1868) to William L. Herst

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00467.01 Author/Creator: Buchanan, James (1791-1868) Place Written: Lancaster, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 28 April 1853 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 25 x 19.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Comments on the appointment of James Burnside to chairman of the Central Committee of the state that Herst made. Indicates that he would like to support him. Written from his estate, Wheatland, near Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Background Information:

People: Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Herst, William L., fl. 1853
Burnside, James, 1809-1859

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Government and CivicsOathPresidentOffice Seeker

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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