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Lot 52: Check Signed by Future U.S. President James A. Garfield
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Check Signed by Future U. S. President James A. Garfield********** GARFIELD, JAMES A. (1831-1881). Twentieth president of the United States. Signed Check. (“J. A. Garfield”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. Washington, D.C., December 16, 1869. A First National Bank check for $700 made out to Bright & Humphrey in an unidentified hand. ********** Teacher, lawyer, lay preacher, and Civil War veteran, Garfield was elected to Congress in 1863, where he served as Ohio’s representative in the House, supporting Reconstruction, black suffrage and the gold standard. In 1880, he was selected as a compromise candidate on the 36th ballot at the Republican Party’s 1880 presidential convention. No sooner had he been inaugurated than he was plagued by office seekers, one of whom was lawyer Charles Guiteau, who had been denied the position of American consul to Marseilles and shot Garfield on July 2, 1881. The president died September 19, having held office a mere six months. ********** Bright & Humphrey was a carpentry firm which frequently worked for the federal government on such projects as the naval observatory in Georgetown Heights in 1888 and various courthouses, post offices and other federal buildings throughout Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. ********** Bearing several cancellation signatures, holes and one partial ink stamp that do not affect the signature.