• Postmaster General Thomas Lemuel James Brought Reforms To Postal Service, Civil Service Commission

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    THOMAS LEMUEL JAMES (1831 – 1916) was a journalist, banker and the United States Postmaster General, appointed by President James Garfield. Previous to that appointment, Chester Arthur, then Collector of the Port of New York, appointed James to be a member of the Civil Service Commission.  James became the first to advocate for civil service reform.  James also instituted important reforms in the postal service. In 1882, he became president of the Lincoln National Bank.


    One-page, ALS, 5 ¼ X 8, on Lincoln National Bank stationary, to M.D. Phillips of Rochester, NY. “I forward herewith two copies of the engraving you requested in your letter of the 24th...


    “The engravings were only received yesterday, which will explain my delay in answering your highly prized letter.”


    Folds. One edge split reinforced with archival tape.


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