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Palmer, Potter and Blanche Bruce

Potter Palmer, Chicago businessman and founder of the famed Palmer House Hotel. Signed album page with what almost looks like cancellation marks around the signature. On the other side is an autograph from Blanche Bruce: “B.K. Bruce Miss”. Bruce was a former slave who went on to become the first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate. The format of an autograph album page and his adding “Mississippi” suggests this was signed while a Senator. There is a portion of a small newspaper article pasted down to the page. Bruce is not an easy signature to find and most seem to be on documents rather than anything from the Senate. [#4746]