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George Pomutz letter to Oscar G. Sawyer

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8591

Content Description

Letter written and signed by George Pomutz to New York Herald special correspondent Oscar G. Sawyer. Letter is written on official Consulate of United States of America, St. Petersburg stationary. Topics of the letter include Ambassador Cassius Clay waiting for his successor to be approved by Congress; purchase of Alaska; and the Moscow Railroad. Includes a copy of a photograph of Pomutz. Dated August 1868.


  • 1868 August


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from George Pomutz letter to Oscar G. Sawyer must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

George Pomutz (1818-1882) was a Hungarian American military officer and diplomat.

George Pomutz was born on May 31, 1818, in Gyula, Austrian Empire. He went to military school in the Military Academy in Vienna, and the Military Academy Saint Etienne in France. In 1849 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Keokuk, Iowa, and he became a United States citizen on March 15, 1855. He joined the Union Army at the start of the American Civil War, and in August 1864 he was commander of the 15th Iowa infantry, where four Mormon soldiers were serving. He was eventually appointed brevet brigadier general on March 13, 1865. On February 16, 1866, he was appointed Consul of the United States in Saint Petersburg, Imperial Russia, serving until September 30, 1870. George Pomutz died on October 12, 1882, in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Biographical History

Oscar G. Sawyer (1839 or 40-1887) was a journalist in New York.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Purchased from Ryan Cooper in September 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Ryan Cooper; September 20, 2014.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.
Register of George Pomutz letter to Oscar G. Sawyer
Nate Burroughs
2014 October 17
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States