South Carolina, December 1, 1873, $2, Cr. 14
State of South Carolina, December 1, 1873, 2 Dollars, Cr. 14
Printed by American Bank Note Company, New York
S/N: 1156, plate B
Signed by Francis Lewis Cardozo, Treasurer
Cotton plant branches with bolls, farm girls carrying sheaves of grain below / state port scene with ships and cotton bales at center, green protector below / “2” within counter, portrait vignette of Marie De Montijo Eugenie below, ornate green back
CU, with manuscript endorsement on back
Francis Lewis Cardozo (1836 – 1903), signer of this note, was the first African-American to hold statewide office in the United States. He was elected Secretary of State of South Carolina in 1868. Cardozo served in that office until 1872, at which point he became State Treasurer of South Carolina. He was a graduate of the University of Glasgow, a prominent Presbyterian clergyman, educator, instructor at Howard University, and an official in the United States Treasury Department.