• NY Gov. John Hoffman Asks Legislature to Honor Inventor Samuel F.B. Morse Upon His Death

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    JOHN THOMPSON HOFFMAN (January 10, 1828 – March 24, 1888) was the 23rd Governor of New York (1869 – 1872) and the 78th Mayor of New York City (1866 – 1868).  His connections to the Tweed Ring ruined his political career despite evidence that he wasn’t involved.


    One page, 8 x 10, ALS, to the New York legislature, April 3, 1872, addressing the death of Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph, and his interest in having the legislature to honor Morse in memoriam. 


    “To The Legislature


    “The telegraph today announces the death of its inventor, Samuel F.B. Morse.  Born in Massachusetts, his home for many years of his eventful life has been in New York.  His fame belongs to neither but to his country and to the world. Yet it seems fitting that this great state in which he lived and died should be the first to pay appropriate honor to his memory.  Living, he received from governments everywhere more public honors than were paid to any American private citizen.  Dead, let all the people pay homage to his name.


    “I respectfully recommend to the Legislature the adoption of such resolutions as may be suitable and to the appointment of a joint committee to attend the funeral of the illustrious deceased.


    “John T. Hoffman”

    Light toning. Fold. One small fold tear reinforced with archival tape. Remnant of four small cello tape pieces at the top and bottom, well away from the writing.


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