Letters to Mary #7

Lincoln inauguration 1861

Lincoln’s Inauguration, 1861 – Somewhere in that crowd is Clayton Francis Becker

Following his 1862 graduation from Harvard Law School, Clayton Francis Becker began a clerkship in the nation’s capital. On March 27, 1865 he recorded his impression of Lincoln’s inauguration in a letter to his sister, Mary:

The Inauguration passed off with great success notwithstanding the unpleasant weather. It is certainly a most august event to see a man exalted to the high and honorable position of ruler of our great nation.

I heard the address, saw the president kiss the book, and was altogether very much pleased.

After graduating with the Harvard Law Class of 1862, Clayton Francis Becker served as a law clerk in Washington, D.C. He married and went west in 1867 to establish a St. Louis law practice. Gold fever lured him to Colorado in 1880 and he hung out his shingle in the mining town Central City. He served two terms as Gilpin County judge and one term as district judge before retiring in 1893 to his new home at 1145 Emerson Street in Denver. Judge Becker died in 1907 leaving behind his 1862 Harvard yearbook, receipts for his educational expenses, and a packet of letters his sister Mary had saved.

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