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William Windom Secretary of Treasury

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William Windom (1827 - 1891) was secretary of treasury under President James Garfield. He was also secretary of treasury under Harrison.


Windom's tenures as secretary of treasury were twice cut short.


His first tenure was only March to November 1881. He resigned and went back to the Senate when Garfield was assassinated. His second term was from 1889 to 1891 was under Harrison and cut short by his own death.



Ironically, in 1891 Windom addressed the New York Board of Trade with the words, "As a poison in the blood permeates arteries, veins, nerves, brain and heart, and speedily brings paralysis or death, so does a debased or fluctuating currency permeate all arteries of trade, paralyze all kinds of business and brings disaster to all classes of people." Seconds later he suffered a heart attack and died.


The 1891 $2 Silver Certificate 'Windom' note is one of my favorites. This particular example has razor sharp corners, dark inks, bold embossing, and incredible paper surfaces.





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