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  • Matt W. Ransom Autograph

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    Matt W. Ransom Autograph - Inventory Number: AUT 103

    Brigadier General Matt W. Ransom (1826-1904) graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1847 where studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Warrenton, North Carolina. Ransom was a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852, Attorney General of North Carolina from 1852-1855, and served in the State house of commons from 1858-1861. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Ransom was chosen as one of the three commissioners from North Carolina to the Confederate government in Montgomery, Alabama; he was then commissioned as a lieutenant colonel of the 1st North Carolina Infantry, later Colonel of the 35th North Carolina Infantry, and eventually in 1863 Brigadier General of the North Carolina brigade. He saw action at some of the war's toughest battles: Seven Pines, Seven Days Battles, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Plymouth, Weldon, Suffolk, the siege of Petersburg, and was present during the surrender at Appomattox. After the war, Ransom was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1872, and would go on to serve four terms over the next twenty years, even briefly serving as President Pro tempore. After his Senate service he was appointed Minister to Mexico (1895-1897).

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    Inventory Number: AUT 103