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Lot 14: 1852 HENRY CLAY Signed American Colonization Society Membership Certificate!
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Henry Clay Signed Issued "American Colonization Society" Membership Certificate Document while a U.S. Presidential Hopeful - An Organization to Send Emancipated and Free Blacks Back from America to Liberia - Black History!
HENRY CLAY. Secretary of State under John Q. Adams, Whig Candidate for President but lost, Called the Great Compromiser, Authored both the Missouri Compromise and the Compromise of 1850.
May 21, 1852-Dated Pre Civil War, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "H. Clay", 1 page, measuring 11.25" x 8.25", at Washington, Choice Very Fine. Folds reinforced with archival tape on the blank reverse, boldly printed and sharp in detail. An "American Colonization Society" official Membership Certificate Document. This elaborately emgraved and decorative Document states in part, that: "This certifies that Archibald W. Hyde, Esq. is a Member for life, of the American Colonization Society." There is an attractive engraving of a sailing ship; above the ship is a bird holding a scroll with the words "LIBERIA" printed on it. Completed and fully issued certificates are rare.
The American Colonization Society was an attempt to send Freemen and Emancipated Slaves to Liberia on the West African coast. At the first meeting of the organization in 1816, Henry Clay presided over the meeting that included many prestigious Americans including future Presidents James Monroe and Andrew Jackson, as well as some Supreme Court Justices.