A great pin back given to Grand Army of the Republic members in order to get them to vote for Albert D. Shaw for Commander in Chief of the G.A.R.† A likeness of Shaw is in the middle of the pin back.† Written around the image is "For Commander In Chief - Col. Albert D. Shaw, N.Y.".† The pin back is approximately 1 3/4 inches wide.† Commander Shaw was elected Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1899.
Albert Duane Shaw (December 21, 1841 Ė February 10, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from New York.† Born in Lyme, New York, Shaw attended Belleville and Union Academies and St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York. He enlisted as a private in Company A, Thirty-fifth Regiment, New York Volunteers, in June 1861 and served out the term of enlistment. He was appointed a special agent of the War Department in 1863, stationed at provost marshal's headquarters in Watertown, New York, and served until the close of the war. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Jefferson Co., 2nd D.) in 1867. He was appointed colonel of the Thirty-Sixth Regiment, New York National Guard, in 1867, and resigned to accept the position of United States consul at Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1868. He was promoted to United States consul at Manchester, England, in 1878.
Shaw was elected department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic of New York in 1896, and was unanimously elected commander in chief at the national encampment in 1899.
Shaw was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles A. Chickering. He was reelected to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from November 6, 1900, until his death in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 1901, before the close of the Fifty-sixth Congress. He was interred in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, New York