Belknap, William W. (William Worth), 1829-1890

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Birth 1829-09-22
Death 1890-10-13

Biographical notes:

Lawyer, Union soldier, and Secretary of War (1869-1876).

From the description of Letters, 1869-1887. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233121016

U.S. secretary of war and army officer.

From the description of William W. Belknap papers, 1880-1888. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450603

American army officer and politician.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Keokuk, Iowa, to H.T. Crosby, 1873 May 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270622917

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, to Col. T.B. Thorpe, 1876 Sept. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270624760

Iowa legislator, Union officer, and Secretary of War under Grant.

From the description of Papers, 1852-1875. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19211044

William Worth Belknap (1829-1890) was Brigadier General and United States Army Secretary of War. He supported President Lincoln's war efforts and served at Shiloh (where he was wounded), Corinth, Vicksburg and Atlanta. He was made Brigadier General of United States Volunteers in 1864 and Major General in 1865 for gallant and meritorious services. In March 1876, he was accused of accepting over $24,000 in bribes from a post trader seeking immunity from removal. He resigned his post, was impeached by a unanimous vote of the United States Senate, but was acquitted.

Jerome B. Chaffee (1825-1886) was a Republican and territorial delegate to the US Congress. Together with John Evans, he was instrumental in bringing statehood to Colorado in 1876. After Colorado was admitted to the Union, Chaffee was elected to the US Senate.

From the guide to the William Worth Belknap Letter to Hon. J.B. Chaffee, House of Representatives (MS 174), 1874, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)


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