New York Governor and Mayor John T. Hoffman Signed Check 1868

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Beautifully engraved check from the County Treasurer of New York - National Broadway Bank issued in 1868. This historic document has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an old sailor, an indian, a ship and an eagle. The check is signed by the New York City Mayor John Thompson Hoffman (who later became Governor), City Comptroller Richard B. Connolly, and the Clerk J.P. Touny. John Thompson Hoffman ( 1828-1888) who also signed the check was Mayor of New York from 1866-1868 and Governor of New York (Elected Twice) from 1869-73. He joined the Tammany Society in 1859. As mayor of New York City and governor of New York the activities of Tweed Ring were at their height. His political future was ruined by conviction of Tweed, although there was never any proof he was involved. He defeated Republican Marshall O. Roberts, Mozart Democrat John Hecker and Independent Democrat and incumbent C. Godfrey Gunther, to become mayor, serving 1866-1868. Richard B. Connolly was part of the inner circle of the Tweed Ring also signed the check.