AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, DATED AT HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA, 14 DECEMBER 1836, TO COL. RHEY FRAZER OF LANCASTER, REPORTING THE PENNSYLVANIA SENATE'S ELECTION OF JAMES BUCHANAN TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE: "DR SIR, THE ELECTION FOR U.S. SENATE HAS JUST TERMINED [ON FIRST BALLOT] AS FOLLOWS "JAMES BUCHANAN HAD 84 VOTES "THOMAS M.T. MCKENNAN 24 "CHARLES R. PENROSE 21 "ISAAC LEET 1 "THOS CUNNINGHAM 1 " 132 "RESPECTFULLY YOURS DAVID R. PORTER ONE O'CLOCK P.M."

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: December 14, 1836. Folio sheet, folded to 7-3/4" x 10". Written in ink manuscript on first page, two inner pages blank, addressed and docketed on page [4]. Postal rubberstamp [Harrisburg] with "PAID" free frank of Porter as State Senator. Old folds, wax seal remnant and small tear of blank margin from mailing. Stationer's blindstamp at top corner. Very Good

David Rittenhouse Porter [1788-1867], a Jacksonian and elected Pennsylvania's Democratic Governor in 1838, was a State Senator [1835-1837]. His son, Lt. Col. Horace Porter, aide-de-camp to General Grant, was present at the surrender of General Lee.
Rhea [Rhey] Frazer [1804-1856] was a well known attorney and prominent member of the Democratic Party in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His father, William C. Frazer [1776-1838], was a Lancaster attorney and served as a Supreme Court Judge in Wisconsin territory for a time; his grandfather William Frazer [1753-1817] was a Revolutionary War veteran and served as a justice of the peace in New Castle County, Delaware. [Frazer Collection, U PA Libraries]. Item #37124

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