Lincoln on his first nomination for the Presidency. At the time of the Decatur Convention George Randolph Dyer was serving as the elected sheriff of Will County, Illinois, having moved from Chicago in 1841. He became a fervent abolitionist active in the underground railroad during the tumultuous 1850s before embracing Lincolns political aspirations. With established credentials, George Dyer (along with his brother, Charles) was slated among the delegates to the State Nominating Convention. Lincoln counted George and Charles Dyer among his legion of friends and that connection went back to at least the early 1850s.A report written by the Chairman of the Village of Plainfield Ill. Historic Preservation Commission in 2009 states: It is highly likely that he (Lincoln) did visit Plainfield on more than one occasion due to his close friendship with the members of the Dyer family of rural Plainfield. The old Dyer farmhouse still stood in 1998 and Lincoln may have been entertainedand quite possibly even slept in the house, according to an authority on local history and the Dyer family.
A memorial for George Randolph Dyer published in October 1895 noted he was one of the first and most prominent members of the Republican party of Illinois, and so became a close friend of Lincoln, Lovejoy, Wentworth, and other leaders of the party in the state. The History of the Kimball Family (related by marriage) published in 1897 is laced with platitudes to George Dyer stating that He was one of the first and most active members of the Republican party, and although nearly alone, true to his freeborn instincts, he educated his neighbors to agree perfectly with Lincoln and Lovejoy, his personal friends, who he adorned, that slavery must be held in check at all hazards and at all costs, and must eventually be abolished. Another passage from Kimball reaffirms that, Lincoln, Lovejoy, and Long John Wentworth were his intimate friends, and it is said that he has about as many stories to tell as were told by Lincoln. During the Civil War, President Lincoln availed himself of the Dyers service.
Dyer quickly secured a presidential appointment; his commission with the rank of Captain, offered here, being signed in Lincolns hand. The item "1862 Abraham Lincoln RARE Autograph MANUSCRIPT Signed CIVIL WAR Photograph U. S" is in sale since Monday, April 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Books\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "collector1611" and is located in Munford, Alabama.This item can be shipped to United States.