Orion Clemens Warrant for Work Done - Endorsed on Reverse #109057

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Orion Clemens  Warrant for Work Done - Endorsed on Reverse  #109057
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December 31, 1863 warrant for $129.40. Issued out of the general fund and cancelled as paid.Strong Orion Clemens signature on reverse. Signed by territorial auditor Ross. James Nye was appointed territorial governor by Abraham Lincoln. Orion Clemens was appointed territorial Secretary. He was the first and only territorial Secretary. Nye spent so much time in San Francisco, Orion acted more often as the governor than not. Clemens had a good chance of becoming Nevada’s first State Governor but at the last minute dropped out of the race to become involved in temperance work. Being involved in temperance work in a state full of miners who drank was not a wise political move. After that, Clemens' career went down hill. Clemens would move back east and finally settle in Iowa for the remainder of his life. He really had no luck at anything else he tried, including farming, and his brother, the famous writer Mark Twain, would support Clemens until he died. [Fred Holabird] State: Nevada City: Carson City Date: 1863