Pink Scott #64 on Cover to Conn. Notable Samuel Hosmer Chittenden c1862

Category Stamps United States Covers Postal History

Current price $499.00

Listing type Chinese

Location Rochester, New York 146** US

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Topic Historical Figures

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Color Pink

State Connecticut

Place Of Origin United States

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I have classified the item for sale as a c1862-63 yellow cover containing a PINK, Scott #64 stamp. I am not a professional appraiser and I don't wish to have the stamp appraised. The stamp could be some other color variant of Scott 64 or, possibly, Scott 65. I have included in the images a Rose #65 for comparison. You will receive what you see.
The cover was sent from Guilford, Conn. to a notable member of a founding Connecticut family. I have provided below a history of the recipient, Mr. Chittenden. The reverse of the cover was used as a scratch sheet, and appears to have some algebra equations.
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Born 18 November 1845 - East River, Guilford, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USA
Deceased 14 February 1909 - Connecticut, USA, aged 63 years old
Buried - West Cemetery, Madison, New Haven Co., Connecticut, USA
SAMUEL HOSMER CHITTENDEN, retired civil engineer, of East River, Connecticut, was born in Madison, New Haven County, Connecticut, November 18th, 1845. He is descended from some of the early settlers of Guilford, Connecticut, the most distinguished of whom was William Chittenden, who came from
England to Guilford in 1639, and was magistrate and deputy to the General Court. Nicholas Munger, another of his early ancestors, settled in Guilford in the first half of the seventeenth century. Sam-uel C. Chittenden, Mr. Chittenden's father, was a prosperous lumber dealer who was also engaged in the manufacture of sashes and blinds. Mr. Chittenden's mother, whose maiden name was Amanda A. Mun-ger, was a woman of great strength of character and of a deeply religious nature. Her influence upon her son was very strong and controlling.
After a preparatory course at Guilford Institute and Lee's Academy, Madison, Mr. Chittenden entered the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University, where he took his Civil Engineer's degree in 1868. He began work immediately as civil engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad and he was engaged in the construction of that road until 1876. He did a great deal of work, extending the railroad through the Indian country, and was commended highly for the rapidity and skill of his engineering. Later he was engaged on the Quinnipiack Bridge at Fair Haven, and he had many other important, contracts in the South, in Arizona, Mexico, and in Washington, D. C. He followed his calling until 1885, and since his retirement his time has been occupied with public interests and the writing of a number of valuable papers on engineering and kindred subjects.
In 1889 Mr. Chittenden was elected state senator, from 1890 to 1905 he was judge of probate for the town of Madison and town clerk of Madison from 1901 to 1905. He has always been a consistent and devoted Republican in his political views. During his senatorship he was chairman of the committees on humane institutions and new counties and county seats.
Mr. Chittenden has devoted his life to his calling and to the public offices which he has held. He has never married, and aside from membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers he has no fraternal or club ties. He chose his own career and has followed it with a singleness of purpose that has won the great measure of success that the combination of determination and skill deserves.

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