What we collect!
Stamporama Anniversary
The Stamp Club for People Who Love Stamps


Main Menu
Dot Home
Dot The Rambler
Dot Stamporama Gazette
Dot Articles
Dot Historic Articles
Dot Advert/Business Cards
Dot Exhibits
Dot FAQs 
Dot Join
Dot Code of Conduct
Dot User Agreement
Dot Management Team 
Dot Contact Webmaster
Dot Member Messages
      -- View Messages
      -- Sent Messages
      -- Send a Message
Dot Auction
      -- Introduction
      -- Closing in 24 Hrs
      -- All New Items
      -- Rules
      -- Tutorial
      -- Auction FAQ
      -- Descriptive Terms
Dot Approvals
      -- User Guide
      -- Categories
      -- All Books
      -- New Books
      -- Templates
Dot Invoicing
      -- To Buyers
      -- From Sellers
Dot Discussion Board
      -- New User Inf.
      -- Posted in Last Day
      -- Posted in Last Week
      -- Last 30 Postings
      -- Show Topics
      -- Search
      -- Upload an Image
      -- Format a Message
      -- Emoticons
      -- DB Email Maint.
Dot The Penny Page
Dot Links
DotSet Screen Width
     -- Narrow
     -- Wide
     -- Wider
Visitors Online

Members Only
Dot Enter

Admin. Only
Dot Enter

Israel and George G Kimball - Two graduates from Bowdoin College

The story of the use of two US Scott 25's between 1857 and 1883

by Tim Auld
20th of June 2011

The two covers that form the basis of this article both carry the US Scott #25, which was released between 1857 and 1861. Israel Kimball and his son George G Kimball had their family home in Portsmouth, NH. Both were graduates of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, and both ended up working for the Federal Government.

Cover addressed to Israel Kimball

Israel Kimball was born on Jan 26th, 1812 in Wells, ME.  He died on Dec 10th, 1890 at his home in Portsmouth, ME.  Israel was a graduate of Bowdoin College, which was established in 1794.  Some of Bowdoin's alumni include Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (class of 1825), U.S. Senator John Parker Hale of New Hampshire (Class of 1827), Franklin Pierce (Class of 1824), 14th president of the United States, Massachusetts Governor John Albion Andrew (Class of 1837), Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (Class of 1852) holder of "Little Round Top" in the battle of Gettysburg, who later became the president of the college in 1871.

Israel Kimball married Clara P. Bragdon on Apr 9th, 1840. They had six children, one of whom was George G. Kimball.  After graduating from Bowdoin College, Israel taught school for a number of years. Israel was appointed to the Dept. of Revenue by President Lincoln, and in this position he invented a device for cancelling revenue stamps that was used by the federal government for many years.  Israel never received a cent for his invention and for many years prosecuted a claim unsuccessfully before Congress to recover compensation.

The above cover (click here to see large image of cover) is interesting in that it is a very late usage (1883) of the Scott #25 that was demonetized in 1861 at the beginning of the United States Civil War. The demonetizing of stamps issued in 1861 and earlier was an effort to ensure stamps stores held by Confederates would have no value. Citizens in the North were given a brief period to exchange old stamps for new and then the Post Office would not accept mail franked with the old stamps. 2

Israel's son, George G. Kimball, was born on Feb 28th, 1843. He attended Bowdoin College in the 1850's. His actual time at Bowdoin is not completely clear, but he was class mates with House Speaker Reed (class of 1860) and Senate President pro tem William Frye (Class of 1850).  Given the issue dates of the Scott #25 (1857-1861) and the cover below (click here to see large image of cover), he must have attended somewhere in this period.

Cover to George G Kimball - 1857

As a young man George went into business. Shortly after the war he drifted to South Carolina, where he owned and edited a Republican paper. When the Republicans were ousted from the state government, George lost his newspaper, along with a large amount of money. Later George engaged in newspaper work in New York and finally become head of the New York Associated Press, where he was paid a salary of $5,000 per annum. During this time his wife Florence became seriously ill, and on her account George was compelled to give up his position and go to Washington State to live. His entire fortune was consumed in attempting to restore her health. He initially found a position in Spokane with the Census Office, which he retained for some time. When this position was no longer available, George's financial position was dire.

Around 1897, the Postmaster-General appointed George post office inspector with headquarters at Spokane, Washington. The position paid a salary of $1,600 a year, with $4 a day for travelling expenses.  House Speaker Reed was a student at Bowdoin College at the same time as George and the two were fast friends. This accounted in large part for George's appointment.  Speaker Reed knew of George's ill fortune and committed himself to helping his former college mate. Senator Frye and Representative Alexander, both of whom were graduates of Bowdoin, and Representative Dingley, all assisted the Speaker in securing the position for George1.

It is believed that George G. Kimball died sometime after Jun 9th, 1880 in Spokane, WA. There is a large family of his descendents still living in the Spokane area, one of whom I worked with many years ago.

 

Sources:

Bowdoin Orient (Volume v.27, no.1-17 (1897-1898)). (page 41 of 49) 1

Kimball Family History http://www.renderplus.com/hartgen/htm/kimball.htm

History of Bowdoin College http://www.bowdoin.edu/about/history/index.shtml

Ralph Heymsfeld on the demonitizing of stamps on and before 1861. 2





Return to list of Articles

Contact Webmaster | Visitors Online | Unsubscribe Emails


This site is provided by Roy Lingen at www.buckacover.com

User Agreement

Copyright © 2018 Stamporama.com