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Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) [Check signed by Charles Sumner]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02095.33 Author/Creator: Sumner, Charles (1811-1874) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Ephemera Date: 16 January 1873 Pagination: 1 p. ; 7.8 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Check for $354.51 payable to Mr. Elliott C. Cowdin from the First National Bank, Washington, D.C. Signed by Sumner. Endorsed on verso. With US inter-revenue stamp.

Background Information: Cowdin, born in 1819, was an influential businessman who spent the first years of his career in Boston. He moved to New York in 1852, where he managed an importing firm. Cowdin ...was a leader of the Union League of New York. See More

People: Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
Cowdin, Elliot Christopher, 1819-1880

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: BankingFinance

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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