Title: Senator Abraham J. Palmer, New York, at Lookout Mountain, April 30, 1914, Andersonville Loving Cup
Catalog Number: 2017.015.0001
Date (Years): 1914
An older man is standing on a rock outcropping in front of a Civil War era cannon. He is wearing a light colored three-piece suit and a bowler hat. There is a medal hanging from his left pocket. His left leg is bent and resting on a rocky step and his left hand is resting on his thigh. Underneath the image is “Senator Palmer At Lookout Mountain, April 30, 1914. The image is printed on postcard stock matboard.
On the verso is a photograph of a two-handle trophy that has extensive writing on the front. Underneath it says “The Andersonville Loving Cup. Inscription “Presented to Senator Abraham J. Palmer of New York, Chairman of the Andersonville Monument Dedication Commission, by his comrades on the trip as a token of their love and esteem. Procured at Richmond, Va. April 27th, and presented within the Prison Stockade, at Andersonville,Ga., April 29, 1914.”
A description of the Andersonville Monument dedication ceremony is available in the “Documents of the Senate of the State of New York 139th Session, 1916” and can be found at https://books.google.com/books?id=ulYfAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA115&lpg=PA115&dq=andersonville+loving+cup&source=bl&ots=MWKoRa-lml&sig=b5JawyUdzR1zL3crWCBZBRAPKQI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiFh_b02LTYAhXE4iYKHX1gA3AQ6AEIGjAB#v=onepage&q=andersonville%20loving%20cup&f=false
Senator Abraham J, Palmer was elected in November 1912 as a Progressive with Republican endorsement to the New York State Senate (27th D.) and was a member of the 136th and 137th New York State Legislatures in 1913 and 1914. In April of 1913, he introduced a bill in the New York Legislature to repeal public utility franchises of all types after a term of twenty-five years. In February 1914, he announced that he would not vote with the Progressives anymore after a combination of Democratic and Progressive legislators had elected Homer D. Call as State Treasurer. He died on April 17, 1922.
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