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Auction Description for Early American: Presidential Election Auction - Early American History Auctions
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Presidential Election Auction - Early American History Auctions (435 Lots)

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29 October 2016

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(JOHN ADAMS) Secretarial 1780 Contemporary Copy 22 Page Letter to John Jay

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Description: AutographsExtraordinary (John Adams) Secretarially Signed 1780 Revolutionary War Rare Contemporary Copy of a 22 Page Letter to John Jay, President of the Continental Congress (JOHN ADAMS) (1735 - July 4, 1826). 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801), American Founding Father, Lawyer, Statesman, Diplomat and Leading Champion of American Independence in 1776, Defended the British Soldiers involved in the "Boston Massacre," a Leading Federalist.August 4, 1780-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Manuscript Letter Secretarially Signed, (John Adams), 22 pages (seperated) in total (written front and back), measuring 7.25" x 8.75", on high quality watermarked "C. Taylor" laid period paper, Braintree (Mass.), Choice Very Fine. Written to John Jay, President of the Continental Congress, being a Period Copy of Adams' exhaustive Letter to Congress concerning the state of European international relations and the influence of the American Revolution upon them.This extraordinarily detailed report serves as a basic primer assessing all the major (and minor) powers of Europe including France, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Prussia, and Austria together with the lesser states and principalities of Germany and Italy. Methodically, Adams dissects each power, assessing each in terms of their status in Europe and their real (or potential) value to the interests of the United States. Adams began drafting this letter while aboard ship as he returned from Paris in the summer of 1779. He composed his final draft to be sent to John Jay in Philadelphia only two days following his arrival back in Braintree, on August 2, 1779.The signature for (John Adams) at the conclusion of this Letter is in a hand that is different than the person's handwriting of 22 manuscript pages preceding it. The (John Adams) signature leaves us just short of conclusively attributing it to John Adams himself, and thus we conclude it to be Secretarially Signed as part of this amazing Contemporary Copy. Research conducted with the papers of Adams shows similar handwriting to the body of the letter, being at a contemporary time period, and undoubtedly, the paper is from the period. If we thought this Letter was positively signed by Adams, its value would be upwards of $300,000 or so.This is one of the finest Adams Letters to appear in the market in some time. It is an important piece at once revealing Adams' understanding of European affairs and his view of America's prospects for future relations. This Secretarially Signed Contemporary Copy Letter was likely transcribed from the original in 1780. There are 2 Known Manuscript Copies of this historic Letter. 1. The copy actually sent to John Jay resides at the New York Public Library and his letter book. 2. The other copy is housed at the Massachusetts Historical Society. This historic Revolutionary War foundational Letter is published in the Papers of John Adams (Vol. 8, pages 108-120) and Papers of the Continental Congress (No. 84, I f. 69.). ** Please see additional information made available on our Online Auction Site: www.EarlyAmerican.comFreshly arrived from his first overseas mission to Europe on behalf of the United States, where he served alongside Benjamin Franklin at the French Court, Adams acquaints Congress with the intricate nuances of European power politics. He opens with the most appropriate subject, France -- the first nation to recognize American independence: "...France deserves the first place among those powers with which our connections will be the most intimate; and it is with pleasure that I am able to assure Congress, that from the observations I have made during my residence in that kingdom, I have the strongest reason to believe, that their August Ally, his Minister and Nation are possessed of the fullest persuasion of the Justice of our cause of the great importance of our Independence to their Interest, and the firmest resolution to preserve the faith of Treaty inviolate, and to cultivate our friendship with sincerity and Zeal. This is of the more consequence to us as their power enjoys in Europe, at this hour, an influence which it has not before experienced for many years."This is perhaps the most optimistic assessment of French intentions Adams ever expressed. Privately he was less sanguine about the intentions of Louis XVI, but he would not voice them, lest he sour relations between the United States and her most important benefactor. Though Adams does not immediately voice suspicion, he also does not attribute France's motivations to pure altruism. Rather, he places the motivations of France in the context of European power politics by observing the historical tendency for European powers to combine against those that become disproportionately powerful.He cites as examples the nearly united efforts to thwart Charles I of Spain in the sixteenth century and France under Louis XIV in the seventeenth. Adams now places Great Britain in this position "..by means of their commerce and extensive Settlement abroad, rose to a degree of opulence and naval Power which exciting more extravagant passions in her own Breast, and more tyrannical exertions of her Influence than appeared in either of the other cases: The consequence has been similar, but more remarkable; Europe seems to be more universally and sincerely united in the desire of reducing her than they ever were in any former Instance. This is the true cause why the French Court never made war with so universal a popularity among their own Subjects so general an approbation of other courts, and such unanimous wishes among all Nations for her success?".Adams' letter also serves as an introduction for the new French minister to the United States, the Chevalier de Luzerne (1741-1791) with whom Adams sailed on his return to America aboard the Sensible. Citing Luzerne's able conduct during his tenure at the court at Munich during the recent struggle between Austria and Prussia over the succession to the Bavarian throne, Adams writes, "The new Minister will give to Congress information the most precise... touching the part which Spain is taking at this time; for which reason I shall refrain from entering into it; & content myself with observing, that all those considerations ought to induce us to cherish the alliance of France..."Acknowledging the historical British enmity toward France, Adams exhorts, "every good Citizen of the United States ought to endeavour to destroy the remains of those prejudices to inspire into us; that we have nothing to fear and much to hope from France, which we conduct ourselves with good sense and firmness; and that we cannot take too much pains to multiply the commercial relations, and strengthen the political connections between the two nations..."Adams did not, however preach a blind devotion to America's new ally. He cautioned Congress to "preserve prudence and resolution enough to receive implicitly no advice whatever, but to judge always for ourselves and to guard ourselves against those principles in Government and those manners which are so opposite to our own constitution, and to our character as a Young people called by providence to the most honourable and important of all duties, that of form[in]g establishments for a great Nation and a new World."Despite the raging passions, it appeared natural to many that Great Britain and the United States had made peace, and as a result, the lucrative commercial ties to London would be easily renewed. Adams deftly anticipated that belief, cautioning against optimism: "In the opinion of some, the power with which we shall one day have relation the most immediate, next to that of France is Great Brittain [sic]. But it ought to be considered that this power loses every day her consideration, and runs towards her ruin. Her riches, in which her power consisted, she has lost with us, and never can regain. With us she has lost her Mediterranean Trade, her African trade, her German and Holland trade, her Ally Portugal, her Ally Russia, and her natural ally the House of Austria; at least by being unable to protect these as she once did, she can obtain no succor from them. In short, one branch of commerce has been lopped off after another, and one political Interest sacrificed after another, that she resembles the melancholy spectacle of a great wide spreading Tree that has been girdled at the root. Her endeavours to regain those advantages will continually keep alive in her breast the most malevolent passions toward us. Her envy, her jealousy & resentment will never leave us, while we are, what we must unavoidably be, her rival in the fisheries, in various branches of commerce, and even in naval power. If Peace should unhappily be made, leaving Canada, nova Scotia, the Floridas, or any of them, in her hands, jealousies, and controversies will be perpetually arising. The degree therefore of Intercourse with this Nation, which will ever again take place, may justly be considered as problematical, or rather the probability is that it will never be so great as some persons Imagine. Moreover I think that every Citizen in the present circumstances, who respects this Country, & the engagements she has taken, ought to abstain from the foresight of a return of Friendship between us and the English, and act as if it never was to be."Adams did not prove to be the best prognosticator in certain respects. Obviously he could not foresee the consequences of the French Revolution in U.S. relations with Britain -- or in the longer term-- the firm alliance of the 20th century. However, Adams completely understood the immediate problems that would face the young nation if she had to contend with British colonies as her neighbors. Adams was absolutely correct in his prediction of strained relations between the United States and Great Britain if the latter retained territory in North America.The two nations would clash repeatedly over territorial issues, frontier posts, neutrality on the high seas, before finally going to war in 1812. Adams continues his report discussing the prospects for recognition by other European powers discussing the cases of Holland, with its "similitude of Manners, of Religion, and in some respects of constitution...".Citing her military weakness and fear of British invasion, he concludes that immediate recognition was unlikely. However, he did believe that the Dutch did want to do business, and her merchants and bankers could be persuaded to extend a great deal of credit and perhaps even a loan from the government. The United States would need to shore up its credit if this was to be a possibility however: "If Congress could find any certain means of paying the interest annually in Europe, commercial & pecuniary connections would strengthen themselves from day to day; and if the fall of the Credit of England sho[ul]d terminate in Bankruptcy, the seven United Provinces, having nothing farther to dis[s]emble, would be zealous for a part of those rish [sic] benefits which our Commerce offers to the maritime powers; and by an early Treaty with us secure those advantages from which they have already discovered strong symptoms of a fear of being excluded by delays..."Further reinforcing his caution on the Netherlands, he writes; "It is scarcely necessary to observe to Congress that Holland has lost her Influence in Europe to such a degree that there is little other regard remaining for her, but that of a Prodigal heir for a rich usurer who lends him money at an high Interest. The state which is poor and in debt has no political stability. Thier [sic] Army is very small, and thier Navy less. The immense rishes [sic] of Individuals may possibly be, in some future time, the great misfortune of the Nation; because her means of defence [sic] are not proportioned to the Temptation which is held out for some necessitous, avaricious and formidable neighbour to invade her."These were the exact circumstances when Adams traveled to Holland in 1780 on a mission to obtain a loan from the States General. The Dutch continued to demur until the news of Yorktown reached European shores. The United Provinces recognized American independence in the summer of 1782 and Adams was able to finally negotiate a treaty of alliance in October 1782, only months before the final peace ending the war was finalized.Adams could not stress enough the impact of the American Revolution upon European affairs: "It is our duty to mark the great changes in the History of Mankind which have already happened in consequence of the American War. The alienation of Portugal from England, the peace of Germany and that between Petersburg and Constantinople, by all which events England has lost and France gained such a superiority of Influence & power, as are owing entirely to the blind diversion of that policy and wealth, which the English might have still enjoyed, from the object of their true honour & Interest to the ruinous American War."The balance of this Letter consists of a Country-by-Country analysis revealing Adams' broad understanding of Europe, more amazing in light of the fact that this was his first overseas journey, and before 1774, he had rarely traveled more than 20 miles from his home in Braintree, Massachusetts. He discusses Portugal and her souring relations with Britain; the prospects of opening a trade with the Austrian Empire through the Adriatic port of Trieste; as well as the possibility of relations with Prussia.Adams even takes time to briefly assess the numerous tiny states in the Rhineland, concluding, "It would be endless to consider that infinite number of little sovereignties into which Germany is divided, and delvope [sic] all their political interests: This task is as much beyond my knowledge as it would be useless to Congress, who will have few relations, friendly or hostile, with this country, excepting in two branches of commerce, that of Merchandizes and that of Soldiers; the latter, infamous & detestable as it is, has been established between a Nations once generous, humane, and brave, and certain Princes as avaricious of Money, as they are prodigal of the Blood of their subjects: and such is the scarcity of Cash, and the avidity for it in Germany, and so little are the rights of Humanity understood or respected, that sellers will probably be found as long as buyers. American will never be found in either Class."Adams continues his insightful text European tour making similar conclusions about Poland: "depopulated by war... reduced by a shameful treaty to two thirds of her Ancient dominion, destitute of Industries", Italy: "a country that declines every day from its ancient prosperity, offers few objects to our speculations."He is even more pessimistic about possible relations with the Papal States: "The Court of Rome attached to Ancient customs would be one of the last to acknowledge our Independence if we were to solicit for it: but Congress will probably never send a minister to his Holiness, who can do them no service, upon condition of receiving a Catholic Legate or nuncio in return, or in other words an ecclesiastical Tyrant, which it is to be hoped, the United States will be too wise even to admit into their territories."

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1777 JOHN ALSOP + JAMES DUANE Signed Document for Representing NY in Congress

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Description: Autographs1777 JOHN ALSOP & JAMES DUANE (Both Later NYC Mayors) Signed for Continental Congress Member's Pay!JOHN ALSOP (1724-1794). Merchant and Politician from New York City during the American Revolution and Delegate for New York to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776. JAMES DUANE (1733-1797). Member of the Continental Congress and later the Mayor of New York.January 17, 1777-Dated Revolutionary War, Autograph Document Signed, "John Alsop," 1 page on both sides, measuring 7.5" x 4.5", Choice Very Fine. Boldly written and easily readable, minor edge reinforcement at bottom left on reverse, some marginal spotting and few other minor spots. This Document being a Salary and Expense Payment request from Alsop to, The Province of the State of New York, for 224 in compensation for his attending the Continental Congress from that State.Also Signed on the verso, "Jas. Duane" by James Duane (1733-1797) who was an American lawyer, jurist, and Revolutionary Leader from New York. Duane served as a Delegate to the Continental Congress, a New York State Senator, and became the historical 44th Mayor of New York City being the First Post-Colonial American Mayor! Later, Duane was a U.S. District Judge, a Signer of both the Continental Association, and the Articles of Confederation. Three additional signatures appear on verso. A very rare original payment request for representing New York in the Continental Congress.JOHN ALSOP (1724-1794). During the first phases of the American Revolution, the Province of New York Assembly could not reach a conclusion about the Continental Congress. As a result, delegates were selected by the revolutionary committees in each county. In 1774, John Alsop, along with James Duane, John Jay, Philip Livingston, and Isaac Low were named by several counties, extending from Long Island to Albany. When the Congress convened on September 5th, 1774 it accepted these credentials when John Jay presented them. Alsop wasn't able to attend until he arrived in Philadelphia on September 14th, 1774.As the American Revolution escalated in 1775, Alsop was one of the leaders of the Committee of Sixty which became the Provisional Patriot government in New York City. He actively supported the non-importation agreements that he had signed the previous October in the Congress, despite the costs to his business. He was active in recruiting militia and in efforts to equip and arm them. As the Assembly continued to refuse to recognize the national Congress, he was elected to the alternative revolutionary New York Provincial Congress, and they in turn returned him to the second Continental Congress.1776 was a critical year in the struggle for New York. Alsop began the year at Philadelphia, in a session of Congress. He made several trips between there and New York, acting as an agent of the Continental Congress through his business to acquire supplies, and particularly powder for the Continental Army.After General Washington visited Congress in late May 1776, Alsop returned with him to New York in early June. He added efforts to find housing for 8,000 Continental Army troops to his earlier and continuing work on the supply problems.When his home in Newtown was captured by the British in August, he kept working from Manhattan. By September1776 the British had occupied Manhattan as well, ending his effective contributions to the revolution. He escaped to Middletown, Connecticut and remained until the British occupation ended in 1783.

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Rare Personal Check Boldly Signed NEIL A. ARMSTRONG 1987 PSA/DNA Certified

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Description: AutographsPersonal Check Boldly Signed "Neil A. Armstrong" 1987NEIL A. ARMSTRONG, First Man to Walk on the Moon.June 30, 1987-Dated, Partially-printed Document Check Signed, "Neil A. Armstrong", 1 page, 6" x 2.75", Choice Extremely Fine. Being a personal check drawn on The Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio, filled out by Armstrong, payable to "Lorian Trust" for "Twenty Five Hundred and x/100" Dollars. Notation by Armstrong at lower left in pencil For "All Interest." Stamped endorsement on verso "...For Deposit only / Lorian, Inc. / Defined Benefit - Pension Trust..." No bank cancellations or holes on front. PSA/DNA certified and slabbed in plastic. Rare and exceptional.Neil Armstrong resigned from NASA in August 1971 to become Professor of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, a post he held until 1979. In 1973, Armstrong was President of Lorian, Inc., a business in Lebanon, Ohio, where he lived at the time.

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1861 Civil War JOHN JACOB ASTOR Signed Union Army Military Pass Rarity

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Description: Autographs1861 Colonel John Jacob Astor Signed Military Pass RarityJOHN JACOB ASTOR (1822-1890). American Financier, Philanthropist and a Soldier during the American Civil War. He was a prominent member of the Astor family, becoming the wealthiest family member in his generation and brevetted as Brigadier General in 1865.December 28, 1861-Dated Civil War, Partly-Printed Document Signed, "J.J. Astor / Col & A.D.C." by Colonel John Jacob Astor, being a Signed & Issued Union Army Military Pass, Very Fine. This historic 1861, early Civil War issued official Military Pass is remarkable in being signed, "J.J. Astor / Col & A.D.C.", measuring 3.75" x 2.5" boldly completed and signed in deep brown on heavy stock off-white wove period paper. Minor expected scattered soiling and creased from actual use, blank reverse, yet overall having vivid eye appeal for display. This rare Military Pass reads, in full:"Headquarters Army of the Potomac, Dec-28th, 1861. Pass Mr. March to visit the Camps in Virginia & back to Washington for this day only. By command of Major General McClellan: (Signed) J.J. Astor / Cpl & A.D.C. Not Transferable."During the American Civil War, Astor served as a volunteer aide-de-camp to Major General George B. McClellan (then Commanding General of the U.S. Army) from November 30, 1861 to July 11, 1862. In recognition of his services during the Peninsular Campaign, Astor was brevetted as a Brigadier General of Volunteers in March 1865. Exceedingly Rare.John Jacob Astor III (June 10, 1822 - February 22, 1890) was an American financier, philanthropist, and a prominent member of the Astor family. He was the eldest son of real estate businessman William Backhouse Astor, Sr.During the American Civil War, Astor served as a volunteer aide-de-camp to Major General George B. McClellan (then commanding general of the U.S. Army) from November 30, 1861 to July 11, 1862. In recognition of his services during the Peninsular Campaign, Astor was brevetted as a brigadier general of Volunteers in March 1865.In 1880 he became a companion of the New York Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States - a military society of officers who had served in the Union armed forces. He was assigned insignia number 1909.He regarded his Civil War service as the best of his life and attended the reunions of the Loyal Legion with zeal.

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1778 Revolutionary War JOHN BAYARD Speaker Signed Pennsylvania Pay Order

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Description: Autographs1778 Revolutionary War "John Bayard" Signed Pay OrderJOHN BAYARD (1738-1807). Speaker of the Pennsylvania Legislature, Headed the Continental Philadelphia Militia, Member of the Council of Safety, Delegate for Pennsylvania to the Congress of the Confederation in 1785 and 1786, and later Mayor of New Brunswick, New Jersey. September 11, 1778-Dated Revolutionary War, Manuscript Document Signed, "John Bayard," as Speaker of the Pennsylvania Legislature, 1 page, measuring 6.25" x 4" beautifully written on fine quality period watermarked laid paper, Choice Extremely Fine. Clean, fresh with excellent eye appeal that is perfect for display with a huge bold 3.5" long signature. The text reads, in full:"Philad. - Sept. 11th, 1778. -- Sir -- Pay James Anderson Esqr or Order twenty five Pounds eleven shillings and eight pence for his Attendance in Committee on Public Accounts (and Mileage). -- (Signed) John Bayard, Speaker" Noted: To David Rittenhouse Esqr Sate Treasurer. (Cosigned by) Jas. Anderson"John Bayard, Revolutionary War he was at the head of the Second Battalion of the Philadelphia militia. He marched to the assistance of George Washington and was present at the battle of Trenton, a member of the Council of Safety, and for many years Speaker of the Pennsylvania legislature

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August 12, 1780 Revolutionary War Period Autograph Letter Signed WILLIAM BROWN

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Description: AutographsRevolutionary War "Medical Department" Content Letter by William Brown Here Resigns from the Continental ArmyWILLIAM BROWN (1752-1792). Listed in "Medical Men in the American Revolution," President of the trustees of the Alexandria Academy (secured George Washington's support for that institution). He was a Physician of the St. Andrews Society and an Original Member of the Society of the Cincinnati.August 12, 1780-Dated Revolutionary War Period, Autograph Letter Signed, "W. Brown," 1 page, legal folio, measuring 8" x 12.5" tipped along its edges to a larger sheet measuring 11" x 14.5", Choice Very Fine. This historic Letter contains important personal expressions of frustration by Dr. William Brown. Excellent medical content in this Revolutionary War date letter in which Brown states to Craigie that he resigns from the Continental Army. It reads, in part:"....I have at last got my baggage on the road again, & now sit down to take my leave of the Department & of you. You are no stranger to the struggles I have made to preserve the reputation of the Department... such has been the predominant influence of motives foreign to the good of the service... being disgusted with the circumstances & management of our affairs in general, & especially within & relating to the Medical Department, I have retired from it... I see little prospect of amendment... you have few to stand by you, & assist in keeping Virtue & honest... I bid you Farewell... (Signed) W. Brown."Some minor soiling and a pencil notation of "Physician General" has been added beneath Brown's signature, otherwise very fine. This rare Continental Army Medical Department related content Autograph Letter Signed, "W. Brown" by William Brown (American Physician and writer of the first pharmacopoeia to be published in the United States in 1778). This Letter addressed to Dr. Andrew Craigie, then Apothecary General of the Continental Army. Andrew Craigie (1754-1819) is best known for serving as the first Apothecary General of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. The one-time owner of the Longfellow House, a Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, Craigie also developed much of East Cambridge, Massachusetts and was responsible for the construction of the Canal Bridge connecting East Cambridge and Boston, which later became known as the Craigie Bridge, and later was rebuilt as the Charles River Dam Bridge, but which is still also referred to as Craigie's Bridge.From: "The Life and Times of Physician-General William Brown, By John D. Sinks, Fairfax Resolves Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution: Published December 17, 1999"William Brown was born into the Maryland gentry. His father was the Rev. Richard Gustavus Brown of Port Tobacco, Md. From his tombstone, we can calculate his birth to be in the year 1748 or '49. According to Medical Men in the American Revolution, he was born in 1752 when the family was visiting relatives in Heddington, Scotland. He studied at the University of Edinburgh where he was awarded the degree of M.D. in 1770. He married Catherine Scott, daughter of the Rev. James Scott.William Brown was active in resistance to British tyranny before the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. In 1774 he as a member of the Fairfax Co. Committee for Safety. We do not know the exact date he began his service in the Continental Army, but it was by Dec. 9th, 1775 when Col. William Woodford, commanding the 2nd Virginia Regiment, wrote from Great Bridge to the President of the Virginia Convention in Williamsburg stating: "we are now under Arms expecting another Attack. Please forward Doctr. Brown's Chest of Medicines & Baggage down."Dr. William Brown continued as Surgeon of the 2nd Virginia Regiment into 1776, when he became Assistant Surgeon of the Flying Camp. On 13 May, 1777 he was appointed Surgeon General of the Hospital, Middle Department. He continued in this capacity until Feb. 6, 1778, when he was appointed Physician and Director General of Hospital.In 1778 he published the first "Pharmacopeia" published in the United States, "Fomulary of Simple Yet Efficacious Remedies". This medical work explained 84 internal medications and 16 surgical or external medications and was undoubtedly used by many military surgeons who did not have the advantage of university training. William Brown resigned from the army on 21 July 1780. The Continental Congress took note of his departure from service:"Resolved, --- that Congress entertains a high opinion of the ability, integrity and past services of Dr. Wm. Brown, Physician-General, but as circumstances will no longer permit his continuance in the service, his resignation is accepted."After the Revolutionary War, William Brown was active in the community. In 1782 he was elected Vestryman of Christ Church. He purchased portions of lots 65 and 66 at Prince and Fairfax in 1783. (When Alexandria was laid out, lots were block.)He was the President of the trustees of the Alexandria Academy and secured George Washington's support for that institution. He was physician of the St. Andrews Society and an original member of the Society of Cincinnati.William Brown died on 11 Jan. 1792. According to his tombstone, he was in the 44th year of his age. He as laid to rest at Preston Plantation at the mouth of Four Mile Run. Preston was the seat of Charles and Frances Alexander, and Frances was his sister.In 1933 the bodies buried at Preston were reinterred here at Pohick Church. Brown was discovered to have been buried clothed in his Continental Army uniform, with a ribbon of some order on the breast of his uniform. The epitaph on the tombstone speaks well of him.

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Exceedingly Rare 1852 JAMES BUCHANAN Autograph Check Signed + 4.25 Inches Long!

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Description: Autographs1852 "James Buchanan" Signed Manuscript Check Rarity!JAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868). 15th President of the United States from 1857-1861, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War, represented PA. in the US House of Representatives and later the Senate, then served as Minister to Russia under President Andrew Jackson, named Secretary of State under President James K. Polk, and is the last Former Secretary of State to serve as President of the United States. April 5, 1852-Dated, Autograph Document Signed, "James Buchanan," measuring 8" x 3", Choice Very Fine. This exceedingly rare Check is written on light blue period paper entirely in Buchanan's own hand. It is drawn on the Wheatland branch of the Lancaster Bank, and made out for $20 payable to a Jacob S. Yost, a Congressman from Pennsylvania who was later appointed U.S. Marshall for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by then President James Buchanan. This important Check shows some very light soiling from use and has been laid down to a backer of heavier white stock for support and conservation. Two central standard cut-cancels, one intersecting Buchanan's signature at "Buc." Overall this rarely encountered Check is in pleasing quality and is needed by most "Presidential Check" collectors. The all important signature, "James Buchanan" is written out in full, measuring a huge 4.25" long in nice bold brown ink making it very clear and prominent, ready for framing and display.James Buchanan, Jr. (April 23, 1791 - June 1, 1868) was the 15th President of the United States (1857-61), serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. He represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives and later the Senate, then served as Minister to Russia under President Andrew Jackson.He was named Secretary of State under President James K. Polk, and as of 2016 is the last former Secretary of State to serve as President of the United States. After Buchanan turned down an offer to sit on the Supreme Court, President Franklin Pierce appointed him Ambassador to the United Kingdom, in which capacity he helped draft the Ostend Manifesto.Buchanan was nominated by the Democratic Party in the 1856 Presidential election. Throughout most of Pierce's presidency, Buchanan had been stationed in London as minister to the Court of St. James's and so was not caught up in the crossfire of sectional politics that dominated the country. His subsequent election victory took place in a three-man race with John C. Frmont and Millard Fillmore. As President, he was often called a "doughface", a Northerner with Southern sympathies, who battled with Stephen A. Douglas for control of the Democratic Party.Buchanan's efforts to maintain peace between the North and the South alienated both sides, and the Southern states declared their secession in the prologue to the American Civil War. Buchanan's view was that secession was illegal, but that going to war to stop it was also illegal. Buchanan, an attorney, was noted for his mantra, "I acknowledge no master but the law."By the time he left office, popular opinion was against him and the Democratic Party had split. Buchanan had once aspired to be a president who would rank in history with George Washington. However, his inability to identify a ground for peace or address the sharply divided pro-slavery and anti-slavery partisans with a unifying principle on the brink of the Civil War has led to his consistent ranking by historians as one of the worst presidents in American history. Historians in both 2006 and 2009 voted his failure to deal with secession the worst presidential mistake ever made.He is, to date, the only president from Pennsylvania and the only president to remain a lifelong bachelor. He was the last president born in the 18th century.

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Impressive 1847 U.S. Passport Signed By JAMES BUCHANAN

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Description: Autographs1847 "James Buchanan" Signed Impressive U.S. PassportJAMES BUCHANAN (1791-1868). 15th President of the United States from 1857-1861.December 13, 1847-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "James Buchanan" as Secretary of State, 1 page, 10.5" x 16.75", being an Official Passport, Fine. This highly ornate, original United States Passport has an impressive American Heraldic Eagle at its top, with another in the Depart of State Seal at lower center. Issued for "William S. Wood," at "City of Washington," it lists Wood's physical features at left: "Eyes: dark grey / Chin: small and pointed." Some paper loss at horizontal folds, chipping and curling to edges. Light age toning, but overall in nice condition with bold and prominent signature measuring 4" long!

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GEORGE W. BUSH, 43rd President of the United States Autograph B/W Photo Signed

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Description: AutographsChoice Handsome Photograph Signed "G. W. Bush"GEORGE W. BUSH. 43rd President of the United States.Black and White Photograph Signed "G.W. Bush," no date or place, 5" x 7", Extremely Fine. Head-and-shoulder smiling Portrait image of the President, signed in silver ink at lower right.

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Union General Benjamin Butler Archive: 4 Items, 2 being Signed - BUTLER

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Description: AutographsGeneral Benjamin F. Butler Archive of Four DocumentsBENJAMIN FRANKLIN BUTLER (1818-1893). Major General in the Civil War Union Army, nicknamed "Beast Butler", elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Mass., and later served as the 33rd Governor of Mass. from 1883 to 1884.Four (4) Benjamin F. Butler related Documents, Two Items being (2) Signed, "Bulter," in this lot:1. October 12, 1884-Dated Manuscript Letter Signed, "Butler," as Presidential nominee of the Greenback and Anti-Monopoly parties, 1 pages, octavo, 5.5" x 9", Choice Extremely Fine. Great content in this letter written from Butler to Col. T.E. Major, his private secretary. Reads, in part: "... The lie published in the Herald... has been answered by the Sun. Ask O'Reilly to publish it and give it as wide a circulation as possible. I think you do well to hold up on Flags it is too late for flags to do much good... I have but little financing of the gentleman you name..." On Fifth Avenue Hotel, Madison Square, New York. Hitchcock, Darling & Co. letterhead. Expected folds, else very fine condition.2. September 28, 1884-Dated, Manuscript Letter Signed, "Butler," as Presidential Nominee of the Greenback and Anti-Monopoly parties, 1 pages, octavo, measuring 5.5" x 9", Choice Extremely Fine. Also written from Butler to Col. T.E. Major, on same letterhead as item 1.3. Undated, not signed, Typed Reading Copy of a speech given by Butler before his alma mater, Colby College in Maine, 26 pages, quarto, Very Fine. Discusses Canada and the possibility of its merger with the United States. Light toningt throughtout, heavy on the cover page and around the margins. Pages two-hole punched at top and bound together with string.4. May 16, 1884-Dated, not signed, Manuscript Transcript of statements and comments: "Notes of a Hearing before the Committee on Education and Labor, United States Senate Mary 16, 1884... Argument by Mr. Benjamin F. Butler," 108 pages, legal folio, Fine. Light toning throughout, heavier on cover page. Cover page also shows paper loss in lower left corner, overall in nice condition.(4 items)

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1821 Check Signed By Declaration Signer CHARLES CARROLL of Carrollton, Maryland

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Description: AutographsCharles Carroll of Carrollton - Signer of the Declaration of Independence From Maryland Check Filled Out & Signed By CHARLES CARROLL (1737-1832). Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Member of the Maryland Committees of Correspondence and Safety, elected to the Continental Congress.April 12, 1821-Dated, Rarely encountered Partially-Printed Check, filled out in ink and Signed, "C.H. Carroll of Carrollton," measuring 6.25" x 2.75", Extremely Fine. Ornately Matted and Framed under plexiglass along with portrait and engraved metal descriptive plaque to an overall size of 23" x 17.5". Charles Carroll, who added the "of Carrollton" to his name to distinguish himself from his similarly named relatives, was a wealthy Maryland planter and an early advocate of independence from Great Britain. He served as a Delegate to the Continental Congress and Confederation Congress and later as first United States Senator for Maryland. He was the only Catholic and the longest-lived (and last surviving) signer of the Declaration of Independence, dying 56 years after the document was first signed. Check appears in very nice condition, trimmed at left margin and cut-cancelled in two places. Not examined outside of frame. Museum-quality (expensive) professionally framed and ready for display in any collection.

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JAMES EARL JIMMY CARTER Signed Check, Display Framed

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Description: AutographsEver Popular Jimmy Carter Signed Check Display FramedJAMES EARL "JIMMY" CARTER, 39th President of the United States.August 4, 1960-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "J.E. Carter Jr.," 8.25" x 3", Choice Very Fine. A check made out to "Ga. Highway Express" for $3.29, engrossed and signed by future President Jimmy Carter. Check appears in very fine condition with light age toning and a vertical fold that goes through the signature but does not detract. The mounting on the check has become detached and it has come loose inside its section of the frame. Accompanied by a 4.25" x 6.25" (by sight) black and white photograph of Carter, professionally matted and framed together in modern wood frame, 13.25" x 15.5".

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1876 Hero of Gettysburg GENERAL JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN Signed Check

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Description: AutographsCivil War General "Joshua L. Chamberlain" Signed Check "Hero of Gettysburg" and Congressional Medal of HonorGENERAL JOSHUA LAWRENCE CHAMBERLAIN (1828-1914). Union General in the Civil War and the "Hero of Gettysburg," well known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, which earned him the Medal of Honor.April 6, 1876-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Joshua L. Chamberlain," measures 7.25" x 2.75", Choice Extremely Fine. This Check is drawn on the First National Bank of Brunswick (Maine), is made out to "J.S. Cushing" in the amount of $50. Boldly and fully Signed in lower right "Joshua L. Chamberlain" measuring a huge 3.75" long. A 2 U.S. Internal Revenue stamp is affixed to the left side, and over stamped with the bank's cancellation. Prior edge mounting traces on the blank verso, overall extremely fine in condition. Excellent for display.Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (born Lawrence Joshua Chamberlain, September 8, 1828 - February 24, 1914) was an American college professor from the State of Maine, who volunteered during the American Civil War to join the Union Army. He became a highly respected and decorated Union officer, reaching the rank of brigadier general (and brevet major general). He is most well known for his gallantry at the Battle of Gettysburg, which earned him the Medal of Honor.Chamberlain was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment in 1862 and fought at the Battle of Fredericksburg. He became commander of the regiment in June 1863.On July 2, during the Battle of Gettysburg, Chamberlain's regiment occupied the extreme left of the Union lines at Little Round Top. Chamberlain's men withheld repeated Confederate assaults and finally drove them away with a bayonet charge. He was severely wounded while commanding a brigade during the Second Battle of Petersburg in June 1864, and was given what was intended to be a death bed promotion to brigadier general. In April 1865, he fought at the Battle of Five Forks and was given the honor of commanding the Union troops at the surrender ceremony for the infantry of Robert E. Lee's Army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.After the war, he entered politics as a Republican and served four one-year terms of office as the 32nd Governor of Maine. He served on the faculty, and as president, of his alma mater, Bowdoin College. He died in 1914 at age 85 due to complications from the wound that he received at Petersburg.

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1852 HENRY CLAY Signed American Colonization Society Membership Certificate!

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Description: AutographsHenry 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.

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Signed Cards: George W Curtis, Noah Porter, Wendell Phillips, John Whittier

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Description: AutographsAutographs: Noah Porter, Wendell Phillips & John Whittier c. 1870, Collection of Four (4) Autographed Cards, Signed by George William Curtis, Wendell Phillips, John G. Whittier, Noah Porter, all Choice Extremely Fine to Near Mint.This excellent quality archive of Four Autographed Cards is from a collection compiled during the early 1870s. Two have Inscribed Short Quotes. Noah Porter adds "Yale College". The Whittier is written on paper placed onto card. All are near perfect examples, each card is 2" x 3.5" well written on white card, in excellent condition. (4 items).George William Curtis (February 24, 1824 - August 31, 1892) was an American writer and public speaker, born in Providence, Rhode Island, of old New England stock. In 1863 he became the political editor of Harper's Weekly, which was highly influential in shaping public opinion. His service to the Republican party was such, that he was offered several nominations to office, and might have been sent as minister to England but he refused all such offers, preferring to serve the country as editor and public speaker.Wendell Phillips (29 November 1811 - 2 February 1884) was an American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, and orator. He was an exceptional orator and agitator, advocate and lawyer, writer and debater.John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 - September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns.Noah Porter, Jr. (December 14, 1811 - March 4, 1892), American academic, philosopher, author, lexicographer and President of Yale College (1871-1886). He graduated from Yale College in 1831 and was ordained as a Congregational minister in New Milford, Connecticut from 1836 to 1843. He served as pastor at a Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1843 to 1846[2]. He was elected professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics at Yale in 1846.

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CALVIN COOLIDGE Signed Check as President with Print, Display Framed

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Description: AutographsCalvin Coolidge Signed Check as President Display FramedCALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933). 30th President of the United States (1923-1929) a Republican, he was born on the 4th of July!January 12, 1927-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Calvin Coolidge" as President, 8.5" x 3", Choice Extremely Fine. Outstanding check, drawn on The Commercial National Bank, Washington, D.C., and made payable to Andrew A. Anselmo in the amount of $61.09. Not engrossed in Coolidge's hand, but his distinctive signature is still quite crisp. Punch cancelled "PAID +1 18 17 15 10" in the center, not intersecting the signature. Check in extremely nice condition with what appears to be only a single vertical fold which passes through Coolidge's signature but does not detract with some faint show-through near center. Comes professionally matted and framed together with an lovely 5" x 7" portrait print of Coolidge with his engraved facsimile signature, in a modern wood frame overall size 12" x 16.5". Perfect full "Calvin Coolidge" as Presidential signature, that is very desireable for historical collectors.

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1863 General SAMUEL W. CRAWFORD Recommends Promotion of Major ABNER DOUBLEDAY !

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Description: AutographsGeneral Crawford Recommends the Promotion of Major Abner Doubleday! Excellent Content Civil War Date LetterSAMUEL W. CRAWFORD (1829-1892). Civil War Union General who commanded a battery at Fort Sumter, and later led at Atietam, Gettysburg and Five Forks.ABNER DOUBLEDAY (1819-1893). Union General in the American Civil War, fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter, the opening battle of the war, and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg.February 21, 1863-Dated Civil War, Remarkable Historic Content Autograph Letter Signed, "S. W. Crawford," as Brigadier General, at Washington, DC, 1 page, measuring 5" x 8", Choice Extremely Fine. Expected faint folds, in very nice condition with a crisp bold signature at the conclusion. In this excellent content war-date letter Crawford, a Union Brigadier General who commanded a battery at Fort Sumter, and later led at Antietam, Gettysburg and Five Forks, recommends the promotion of Major Abner Doubleday. This impressive, truly historical, Civil War Letter reads, in full:"It gives me great pleasure to confirm the statement of Brig. Genl. Hatch. I have known Major Doubleday since the commencement of the war. He is far beyond the standard of the usual applicant for the position he seeks & he has won the highest opinions from all for his conduct in the field, & his devotion to his profession, & the interest of the service required in my judgement the appointment of prior such officers. I commend most highly Major Doubleday for the position. [Signed] S.C. CRawford, Brig Genl, 12th Army Corps."Major Abner Doubleday was promoted in March 1863 to Major General of Volunteers and had a pivotal role in the early fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg. Much more content located in our online auction version. A pivotal recommendation!Abner Doubleday initially served in coastal garrisons and then in the Mexican-American War from 1846 to 1848 and the Seminole Wars from 1856 to 1858. In 1858 he was transferred to Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor serving under Colonel John L. Gardner.By the start of the Civil War, he was a captain and second in command in the garrison at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. He aimed the cannon that fired the first return shot in answer to the Confederate bombardment on April 12, 1861. He subsequently referred to himself as the "Hero of Sumter" for this role.[Doubleday was promoted to Major on May 14, 1861, and commanded the Artillery Department in the Shenandoah Valley from June to August, and then the artillery for Major General Nathaniel Banks's division of the Army of the Potomac. He was appointed brigadier general of volunteers on February 3, 1862, and was assigned to duty in northern Virginia while the Army of the Potomac conducted the Peninsula Campaign. His first combat assignment was to lead the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, III Corps of the Army of Virginia during the Northern Virginia Campaign.In the actions at Brawner's farm, just before the Second Battle of Bull Run, he took the initiative to send two of his regiments to reinforce Brigadier General John Gibbon's brigade against a larger Confederate force, fighting it to a standstill. (Personal initiative was required since his division commander, Brig. Gen. Rufus King, was incapacitated by an epileptic seizure at the time. He was replaced by Brigadier General John P. Hatch.) His men were routed when they encountered Major General James Longstreet's corps, but by the following day, August 30, he took command of the division when Hatch was wounded, and he led his men to cover the retreat of the Union Army.Doubleday again led the division, now assigned to the I Corps of the Army of the Potomac, after South Mountain, where Hatch was wounded again. At Antietam, he led his men into the deadly fighting in the Cornfield and the West Woods, and one colonel described him as a "gallant officer ... remarkably cool and at the very front of battle."He was wounded when an artillery shell exploded near his horse, throwing him to the ground in a violent fall. He received a brevet promotion to lieutenant colonel in the regular army for his actions at Antietam and was promoted in March 1863 to major general of volunteers, to rank from November 29, 1862. At Fredericksburg in December 1862, his division mostly sat idle. During the winter, the I Corps was reorganized and Doubleday assumed command of the 3rd Division. At Chancellorsville in May 1863, the division was kept in reserveIn San Francisco, after the Civil War, he obtained a patent on the cable car railway that still runs there.

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JOHN A. DAHLGREN

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Description: AutographsJohn Dahlgren "Father of American Naval Ordnance" Autograph Letter Signed Requesting Weapons to TestJOHN A. DAHLGREN, (1809-1870). Rear Admiral, Naval Ordnance Innovator and Commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War, called the "Father of American Naval Ordnance."May 23, 1857-Dated Pre Civil War, Autograph Letter Signed, "Jno. A. Dahlgren," Washington, D.C., 1 page, quarto, 7.5" x 9.25" by sight, in modern wood frame, 11.5" x 13.5", Choice Extremely Fine. Expected faint folds and pencil notation at lower right, well written on clean light blue period wove paper in extremely fine condition. Not examined outside of frame. Here, John Dahlgren requests samples of new bayonets be sent to him by their inventor for testing. It reads, in part: "... I should like to have one sword-bayonet & the knife bayonet forwarded by express, as soon as possible in order that the fitting of the sample muskets may proceed... The devices you send look very well, but you do not state with sufficient clearness what the cost is to be..." These tests would lead to the adoption of the sword bayonet for the Model 1861 Whitney "Plymouth" rifle adopted by the US Navy. Attractive, framed and ready to hang on display.

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1893 GEORGE DEWEY Signed Check with Engraved Print Display Framed

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Description: AutographsAdmiral George Dewey Signed Check & Engraved PrintGEORGE DEWEY (1837-1917). The only person in United States History to attain the rank of Admiral of the Navy; best known for his victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish American War.June 1, 1893-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Geo. Dewey," 7.75" x 3", Choice Extremely Fine. A Riggs & Co, Washington, D.C. Check, Engrossed and Signed by Dewey, in the amount of $58.92. Professionally matted and framed together with a 4" x 6.5" engraved portrait print of Dewey with engraved facsimile signature. In modern frame, measuring to 11.5" x 17.5". Check appears in nice condition with light soiling at the top margin. Punch cancelled "PAID" in lower right, not intersecting Dewey's vivid 2.5" long signature. Quite lovely and ready to hang on display.

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CHARLES DICKENS Signed Check with Engraved Print Display Framed

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Description: AutographsGorgeous "Charles Dickens" Signed Check with EngravingCHARLES DICKENS (1812 - 1870). Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English Writer and Social Critic creating some of the world's best-known fictional characters, and is regarded as the Greatest Novelist of the Victorian Era.October 15, 1868-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Charles Dickens," with his distinctive flourish, 7.5" x 3.5", Choice Extremely Fine. A British check, printed on blue paper, drawn on "Messrs. Coutts & Comp.y" of London, payable to a Mr. Harry in the amount of 25 pounds. Check appears in overall fine condition with light soiling, particularly at margins. Some vertical folds, and a bank endorsement stamp does overlay Dicken's signature, but does not detract from it. Accompanied by an engraved printed portrait of Dickens with facsimile signature, professionally matted and framed together with Check in modern wood frame, 13" x 19". A handsome display, featuring one of the best loved English novelists.

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1729 Province of Massachusetts Bay Military Appointment Signed William Dummer

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Description: Autographs1729 William Dummer Governour & Commander in Chief Signed Rare Massachusetts-Bay Military AppointmentWILLIAM DUMMER (1677-1761). Province of Massachusetts Bay Lieutenant Governor for 14 years (1716-1730), including from 1723 to 1728 when he acted as Governor.November 1, 1729-Dated Early Colonial Era, Partly-Printed Document Signed, "W(illia)m Dummer" as Governor, Province of the Massachusetts Bay, Military Appointment, Very Fine. An original Printed Military Commission, measures 16.5" x 13" on period laid paper, folds and reinforced on the blank reverse with achival tape, whole and complete. Document where, "William Dummer, Esqr; Lieutenant Governour & Commander in Chief, in and over His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England" appoints John Spanford as "Lieutenant & Commanding Officer." Separations at folds have been repaired on verso with archival tape. Embossed paper seal of the state affixed in upper left. Docket on verso. This is a nice item for display being well printed in deep black. William Dummer is remembered for his role in leading the Colony during what is sometimes called "Dummer's War," which was fought between the British Colonies of northeastern North America, against a loose coalition of Native American Indian tribes in what is now New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. A rare example that is boldly printed and complete, with its original Enbossed Paper and Wax Seal fully intact at upper left.

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Very Rare & Popular AMELIA EARHART Autograph, Signed Check

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Description: AutographsVery Rare & Popular "Amelia Earhart" Signed CheckAMELIA EARHART (1897-1937). Aviation Pioneer; First Woman To Cross The Atlantic In An Airplane.March 30, 1935-Dated, Partially-Printed Check Signed, "Amelia Earhart," drawn on The Fifth Avenue Bank of New York, 6.25" x 2.75", Choice Very Fine. In the amount of $60, made out to Natalio C. Perez who has endorsed on the back. Hole canceled with the bank's monogram "FAB PAID." Slight smudging of the ink in the signature, and the hole cancellations do impact some of the letters, but still a crisp and dark exemplar of Earhart's signature. Wonderful display piece for anyone interested in aviation history!

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1928 THOMAS ALVA EDISON Signed Business Check Professionally Framed Display

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Description: Autographs1928 Thomas A. Edison Signed Check in Framed DisplayTHOMAS ALVA EDISON (1847-1931). American Inventor, who invented or perfected many of the 20th century's most ubiquitous devices, including the Light Bulb, the Phonograph, and Moving Pictures, among many others.April 28, 1928-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Thos. A. Edison," 8.5" x 3", Choice Extremely Fine. Business check for the Edison Botonic Research Corporation, drawn on Savings & Investment Trust Company of East Orange, N.J., payable to W.A. Benney in the amount of $709.39 for expenses. Edison has signed in lower right as President, and the Check is also countersigned by the treasurer. Although the date field is not engrossed, the punch cancelling in center reads, "PAID +4 28 28 55 158". Accompanied by a black and white reprint image of Edison, professionally matted and framed together in modern wood frame 13.5" x 20.25". Excellent in presentation and ready to hang on display.

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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Signed Book

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Description: AutographsGeneral Eisenhower's Signed D-Day Orders to his Troops Bound within His First Edition of "Crusade in Europe"DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, (1890-1969), 34th President of the United States.1948-Dated, Limited Edition Book Signed, "Dwight D Eisenhower" in black fountain-pen ink on the frontispiece of his book titled, CRUSADE IN EUROPE, New York: Doubleday & Co., 9.75" x 6.5", Choice Extremely Fine. Original beige cloth Hardbound, spine stamped in gilt and black, facsimile signature in black on front cover, with its original box of issue. 559 pages with maps and photo reproductions throughout. This book is numbered 897 out of 1426 signed copies--of which 1401 were for sale. Eisenhower signs beneath a copy of his D-day address to: "Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!" which begins: "You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you..." The outer box of issue is somewhat worn from use along the edges, while the book itself is in immaculate condition. A rare, terrific piece of American history.

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WILLIAM ELLERY, 1793 Autograph Document, Signer - Declaration of Independence

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Description: AutographsWilliam Ellery Signer of the Declaration of IndependenceWILLIAM ELLERY (1727-1820). Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island.May 4, 1793-Dated, Signed, "William Ellery," one page, 8.5" x 6.5", at Newport (RI), Extremely Fine. Some minor marginal chipping along left edge. Beautifully written in deep brown ink upon fresh, clean period laid paper having exceptional overall eye appeal. An Autograph Document acknowledgement that reads, in full:"Be it hereby remembered that We have paid our respective proportions of the expence attending the surveying & dividing of our Lands in Hopkinton & Richmond & do severally acquit and discharge one another of all Demands of either against the others or either of the others on that account - (Signed) William Ellery, Benjamin Ellery, Sam Vernon Junr., Christ Ellery, and Asher Robbins. - Newport May 4th 1793." William Ellery also wrote the docket which reads, "Acknowledgement of the payment of heirs respective parts for surveying & deviding Richmond belonging to Ellery etc - 1793

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1754 Thomas, Lord Fairfax Signed Land Grant Mentions Survey by George Washington

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Description: Autographs1754 Colonial Virginia Lord Fairfax Signed Land Grant that Actual Mentions George Washington as the Surveyor !THOMAS, LORD FAIRFAX, Colonial Virginia County Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace.May 4, 1754-Dated French & Indian War Era, Manuscript Document Signed, "Fairfax," 1 page, on Vellum, measuring 12.75" x 12", Good. Heavily worn with folds, creases, wrinkles, minor paper loss and some dampstaining. The written ink has significantly faded, is very light but still barely legible and hard to read, sold "as is" as such. However, one can read "George Washington" though faint. Being a Colonial Land Grant presenting land to an early Shenandoah Valley settler from a survery made for him by George Washington! It is extremely rare to find actual mention of George Washington as the surveyor on Lord Fairfax's land grants. This rare Document reads, in part:"To right Honorable Thomas, Lord Fairfax - Proprietor of the Northen Neck of Virginia: to all to whom the present writing shall come send greeting. Know ye that for good causes, for an in consideration of the composition to me paid and for the annual rent hereafter reserved I have given, granted and confirmed and by these present for me and my heirs and assigns do give, grant and confirm unto Hugh Hughes of Frederick County [Virginia] a certain tract of waste and granted land in the County of Great Cacapechon and bounded as follows by a survey made thereof by Mr. George Washington, Contianing 480 acres together will all rights, members and appurtenances thereunto belonging, Royal Mines excepted. In a full third part of all lead, copper, tin, coal and ore that shall be found there. The fee of one shilling sterling money for every 50 acres of land hereby granted given at my office at the County of Fairfax within my said Proprietary under my hand this fourth day of May in the 28th year of the right of George II, King Defender of the Faith 1754. - (Signed) Fairfax".

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Gorgeous 1878 CYRUS W. FIELD Signed Check With Bold Signature

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Description: Autographs1878 Choice "Cyrus W. Field" Check With Bold SignatureCYRUS W. FIELD, Famous American Industrialist and Inventor.September 10, 1878-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Cyrus W. Field," measuring 2.75" x 7," printed in black on pink paper, Choice Extremely Fine. This Check is drawn on the National City Bank, New York, with a bold blue 2 U.S. Revenue stamp at the right end. Canceled with a small circular hole and a cross shape cut cancel, neither of which affects the gorgeous bold, brown ink fancy signature.

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MILLARD FILLMORE Signed Religious Book from his Library with penciled notations<br><br>

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Description: AutographsMillard Fillmore Signed Religious Book From His LibraryMILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874). Thirteenth President of the United States, serving from 1850 until 1853, and the last member of the Whig Party to hold that office.1858-Dated Book titled, "Vestiges of the Spirit-History of Man" by S.F. Dunlap, Signed "Millard Fillmore," Very Fine. Fully inscribed vertically on the inside cover, "Millard Fillmore / July 6, 1859 / $5.25", 404 pages, measures 6" x 9.25", New York: D. Appleton and Company. Original green cloth Hardcovers, having a gilt lettered on spine. Inside cover and opposite front free-endpaper are lightly rectangularly soiled. The text block is separated into two sections between pages 208 & 209, and have detached from the spine; a few small sections are loose. This may have been as the result of the publisher's pasting of a three line addendum in the right margin of page 209. On the title page, Fillmore has penned the book's location on his library shelf "G-3."Additionally, Fillmore has made pencil notations in the margins: "Domestic gods" (p5), "Spirits of the defeated" (p7), drawn hand pointing to "Ariel" which he's underlined (p109), hand pointing to reference to Zoroastrian religion about the third night after death writing "Why the 3d?" (p216), with bracketed paragraphs on many pages discussing different religions.

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Exceedingly Rare 1849 MILLARD FILLMORE Signed Check to His Son, M. P. FILLMORE

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Description: AutographsExceedingly Rare 1849 Dated "Millard Fillmore" Signed Check & A Major "Key" to Presidential Check Collecting!MILLARD FILLMORE (1800-1874). Thirteenth President of the United States, serving from 1850 until 1853, and the last member of the Whig Party to hold that office, and the last President not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.December 27, 1849-Dated, Autograph Document Manuscript Check Signed, "Millard Fillmore," measuring 7.75" x 4", Choice Very Fine. This authentic, extremely rare and important Handwritten, fully Signed Check, is completely written by Millard Fillmore, who personally made it out to his son, and then Endorsed by his son Signed, "M P Fillmore" (Millard P. Fillmore) on the back. It is written in deep rich brown ink on white wove period paper. This Check is drawn on New York State Bank, Albany (New York), and written out in the amount of $159.97. The Check has folds, a few trivial pinholes and some minor ink smear plus prior glue mounting spots on its reverse side with a tiny edge chip at bottom center. It has two cut-cancels on the left side, one just barely missing Fillmore's signature at the lower right. Attractive, specially in being a highly important "Key" acquisition for any Presidential Check collection and is missing in most. A great opportunity to acquire a great rarity, that is perfect for any collector of Presidential autographs.Millard Fillmore (January 7, 1800 - March 8, 1874) was an American statesman who served as the 13th President of the United States from 1850 to 1853. He was the last Whig President, and the last President not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.Fillmore was the only Whig president who did not die in office or get expelled from the party, and Fillmore appointed the only Whig Supreme Court Justice. As Zachary Taylor's vice president, he assumed the presidency after Taylor's death. Fillmore was a lawyer from western New York state, and an early member of the Whig Party.He served in the state legislature (1829-1831), as a U.S. Representative (1833-35, 1837-43), and as New York State Comptroller (1848-49). He was elected vice president of the United States in 1848 as Taylor's running mate, and served from 1849 until Taylor's death in 1850, at the height of the "Crisis of 1850" over Slavery.As an anti-slavery moderate, he opposed abolitionist demands to exclude slavery from all the territory gained in the Mexican War. Instead he supported the Compromise of 1850, which briefly ended the crisis. In foreign policy, Fillmore supported U.S. Navy expeditions to open trade in Japan, opposed French designs on Hawaii, and was embarrassed by Narciso Lpez's filibuster expeditions to Cuba. He sought election to a full term in 1852, but was passed over for the nomination by the Whigs.When the Whig Party broke up in 1854-56, Fillmore refused to join the Republican Party. Unlike many other conservative Whigs, Fillmore did not join the American Party, the political arm of the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic "Know-Nothing" movement.While out of the country, he was nevertheless nominated by the American Party as their candidate for President in 1856. He finished third in the election, surpassed by the Republican Party candidate. During the American Civil War, Fillmore denounced secession and agreed that the Union must be maintained by force if necessary, but was very critical of the war policies of President Abraham Lincoln.After the war, he supported the Reconstruction policies of President Andrew Johnson. Although some have praised Fillmore's restrained foreign policy, he is criticized for having further aggravated tensions between abolitionists and slaveholders. He is placed near the bottom 10 of historical rankings of Presidents of the United States by various scholarly surveys.

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GERALD R. FORD Signed Warren Commission Report Limited Edition Book

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Description: AutographsWarren Commission Report Book Signed "Gerald R. Ford"GERALD R. FORD (1913-2006). 38th President of the United States (1974-77), appointed Vice President on the resignation of Spiro Agnew (1973).2004-Dated, Special Limited Edition Hardcover Book, "PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION REPORT OF THE WARREN COMMISSION" Signed, "Gerald R. Ford". Impressive gold embossed, leather-bound Limited Edition, number 211 of 2948. This edition includes a new foreword and exclusive new material from the former President and Last Surviving Member of the Warren Commission. Beautiful leather binding and gilt-edged pages. Includes a "Certificate of Authenticity" from "The Flat Signed Press" stating that the former President personally hand-signed this special, limited edition at Rancho Mirage, CA. during the months of April and May 2004. A wonderful addition to any Kennedy collection in superb quality.

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1787 Boldly Signed BENJAMIN FRANKLIN Pennsylvania Land Grant in Choice Quality

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Description: Autographs1787 Benjamin Franklin Signed Pennsylvania Land Grant to Jacob Utt for "a certain Tract of Land called Uttsburg..."!BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790). One of the Founding Fathers, a Leading Author, Printer, Political Theorist, Politician, Freemason, Postmaster, Scientist, Inventor, Civic Activist, Statesman, Diplomat and Governor of Pennsylvania.October 27, 1787-Dated, Manuscript Document Signed, "B. Franklin," as President of Pennsylvania, 1 page, measuring 15.75" x 13.25" on Vellum Parchment, Choice Very Fine. An attractive original Land Grant issued to Jacob Utt, for "a certain Tract of Land called Uttsburg in Northampton County, Situate on the South Branch of Big Pond Brook about one Mile from Delaware River and about two Miles South of Scholy in Northampton County..." Signed in Philadelphia, Countersigned by Secretary Charles Biddle. Lightly toned at margins and along expected folds, a few trivial holes at folds, one of which is just below Franklin's bold, dark signature and a conserved small repair from Biddle's name to the bottom edge at lower left. Overall this Document is in very nice superior condition, with its fully intact Embossed Paper and Wax Seal of the State of Pennsylvania at upper left. The signature "B. Franklin" is remarkably deep rich brown having choice eye appeal measuring a large 2.5" long. Excellent for display.

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Rare GRETA GARBO Signed American Express Traveler's Cheque PSA/DNA Certified

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Description: AutographsTraveler's Cheque Signed "Greta Garbo" PSA/DNA Cert.GRETA GARBO, Swedish-born American Film Actress and an International Star and Icon during the 1920s and 1930s.c. 1960, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Greta Garbo," 6.75" x 2.75", no place, Choice Near Mint. Being a $20 American Express Traveler's Cheque. According to her grand-niece, Greta Garbo used American Express Travelers Checks when traveling. In the 1970s she was offered a million dollars to appear in the iconic American Express Advertising campaign called, "Do you know me?" She declined! PSA/DNA Certified in their plastic slab.

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c. 1904 Signed Card, GERONIMO with Its Transmittal Postal Mailing Envelope

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Description: Autographsc. 1904 Signature of GERONIMO the Famed Apache Leader Together with Its Original Transmittal EnvelopeGERONIMO (1829-1909). Best Known Heroic Native American Apache Indian Chief and Leader.c. 1904 Signed Card, "GERONIMO" Hand-Printed on a 4.5" x 2" off-white heavy card stock, Very Fine. Minor ink runs at "ER" as written by Geronimo himself, together with its original 5" x 4" Transmittal Postal Mailing Envelope, made with an integral embossed period red 2 George Washington Stamp, Used, Postmarked from, "Fort Sill, Okla., Nov 2 1904," being addressed to a "L. N. Skinner, 2306 6 Street, San Diego Calif." - with a second local receipt postmark at San Diego, Nov 5 1904 on the blank verso. Penciled at top left of this envelope is "Geronimo" likely written by the collector/owner, Very Fine. Also present is a 10" x 8" black and white Smithsonian Institution photograph reproduction of a group image captioned, "#699 General Miles - Indian Congress Copyright 1901 by C.D. Arnold." This photo picturing Geronimo, General Nelson Miles, and over twenty others".In 1894, Geronimo and 341 other Chiricahua Apache prisoners of war were brought to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where they lived in villages scattered around the post. Geronimo was granted permission to travel with Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show and he joined the Indian contingent at several annual World Expositions and Indian Expositions. Geronimo died at Fort Sill in 1909. A remarkable signature of GERONIMO measuring a huge 2.75" long, boldly written in deep heavy brown ink, still together with its original mailing envelope. (3 items).Apache Chief Geronimo (1829-1909), was born in the upper Gila River country of Arizona. Although he harbored animosity toward the Mexican soldiers who killed his wife and children, he also grew to dislike the Anglo-Americans who took over the region following the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.After his Chiricahua Apaches were forced onto Arizona's San Carlos Reservation in the mid-1870s, Geronimo led his followers on a series of escapes that bolstered his legend and embarrassed the U.S. government. He surrendered to General Nelson Miles in 1886, and remained a celebrity In 1886, Geronimo had surrendered to troops under the command of General Miles.In 1894, Geronimo and 341 other Chiricahua Apache prisoners of war were brought to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where they lived in villages scattered around the post. Geronimo was granted permission to travel with Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show and he joined the Indian contingent at several annual World Expositions and Indian Expositions. Geronimo died at Fort Sill in 1909. An article in the October 4, 1904, edition of the "Atlanta Constitution" headed "Geronimo Returns," datelined "St. Louis, October 3," reported that "Geronimo, chief of the Apache Indians, departed for his home at Fort Sill, Okla., today. Geronimo has been at the world's fair since June and recently asked permission of Superintendent McCowan of the Indian school, to return home, saying he was homesick."

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1865 Rare ULYSSES S. GRANT Signed Soldiers Monument Association Form

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Description: Autographs"U. S. Grant" Signed Soldiers Monument Association FormULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885). 18th President of the United States serving from (March 4, 1869-March 4, 1877), First "Lieutenant-General" since George Washington, and Major General (July 4, 1863), who led the Union Armies to victory in the last years of the American Civil War.August 28, 1865-Dated Civil War Era, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "U. S. Grant" Soldiers Monument Association, Membership Form, 1 page, 14" x 17", Galena, Illinois, Extremely Fine. Here, General Grant signs as the President, and "J.C. Smith" as Secretary, of this noted organization. Awardee's name space is unaccomplished and left blank. Mid-horizontal fold, light rectangular shading at perimeter. This highly ornate engraved Document reads, in full: "This Certifies that ___ Is hereby Constituted a Member of the Jo Daviess Soldiers' Monument Association." Etc. At top center is an oval engraving of the recently assassinated President Abraham Lincoln surrounded by clouds, rays of light, U.S. Flags, and six tattered War Banners, crowned by an American Eagle with a scroll in its beak. With four other vignettes: two symbolic women one with flag and olive branch in front of the U.S. Capitol and the other standing by a cannon on a warship with doves; miners working underground; and a soldier with his horse at a blacksmith. Engraved by the Continental Bank Note Co., New York.Signed by General U.S. Grant four months after Lee's surrender, as president of the Soldiers Monument Association named in honor of a soldier mortally wounded in 1811 at the Battle of Tippecanoe.When the Civil War began, Mexican War veteran Ulysses S. Grant was working in his father's hardware store in Galena, Illinois. Four years later, Lieutenant General U.S. Grant accepted the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the war was over. On August 18, 1865, General Grant was welcomed home to Galena and was presented a house by its leading citizens. Traveling by steamer on the Mississippi, General and Mrs. Grant then visited Dubuque, Iowa, on August 23rd, as the guest of the town's Mayor then left for St. Paul, Minnesota, arriving on August 25th. He returned to his new home on the steamer, returning to Galena on August 28, 1865. "The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant" reveal that "on Aug. 28, USG as president, Jo Daviess Soldiers' Monument Association, signed an unknown number of membership certificates."

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President ULYSSES S. GRANT Signed Engraved Portrait

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Description: AutographsChoice Original "U.S. Grant" Signed BEP Engraved PortraitULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885). 18th President of the United States serving from (March 4, 1869-March 4, 1877), First "Lieutenant-General" since George Washington, and Major General (July 4, 1863), who led the Union Armies to victory in the last years of the American Civil War.(c. 1869) Original Die Sunk Engraved Portrait Print by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing of Ulysses S. Grant, Boldly Signed, "U.S. Grant" while as President, below the image Choice Very Fine. Official oval portrait of President Grant, undated, measuring 1.75" x 2.25" on a die sunk sheet measuring 4" x 5.5" on heavier card to fully 6" x 8.5". Grant's large dark, bold signature is written just below his portrait. Some light overall even tone and a crease at lower left corner tip of the mount, overall in nice condition. Grant was serving in his first term as the eighteenth President of the United States when he signed this portrait engraving produced by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Engravings signed by Grant are rare, especially when signed during his Presidency. A very rare Signed official BEP Portrait, considered by collectors to be equivalent to a signed photograph, ready to be beautifully matted and framed for display.

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1868 Dated ULYSSES S. GRANT Signed Printed Check Payable to Mrs. U.S. Grant

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Description: AutographsClassic 1868 Dated "U. S. Grant" Signed Printed Check Payable to "Mrs. U. S. Grant" in the amount of $200ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885). Eighteenth President of the United States, First "Lieutenant-General" since George Washington, and Major General (July 4, 1863), he led the Union Armies to victory in the last years of the American Civil War.November 17, 1868-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "U. S. Grant," measures 8" x 2.75", Choice Very Fine. This colorful blue printed Check is drawn on, "Jay Cooke & Co. Bankers, Washington, D.C.," and is made out to "Mrs. U.S. Grant" in the amount of $200. A 2 U.S. Internal Revenue stamp is affixed and manuscript canceled, dated "Nov. 19th '68" at the upper right corner. Two standard cut-cancels on either side, just barely touching Grant's signature at the top of "S". Light folds, a couple trivial pinholes at left center and in overall very nice condition for display.Born as Hiram Ulysses Grant (1822-1885), an error in his registration at West Point listed his name as Ulysses Simpson Grant, and he retained the erroneous name for the rest of his life. He served two terms as President 1869-1877.

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ZANE GREY Signed Check + Melik 1939 Reprint Framed

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Description: AutographsZane Grey Signed Check & "Melik 1939" Reprint FramedZANE GREY, Author of Adventure Stories of the American West.November 6, 1934-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Zane Grey," 6" x 2.75", Choice Extremely Fine. This Check, accomplished in Grey's hand, is drawn on the Security-First National Bank of Los Angeles, in the amount of $35. Punch-cancelled "11 14 34" in center, over the name of the payee. Check appears extremely fine professionally Framed and matted together with a 5.25" x 8.75" reprint of a charcoal drawing of Grey, signed in the print "Melik 1939," in modern wood frame 10.25" x 16.25". A pleasing display, perfect for any collector of Western Americana.

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MATTHEW GRISWOLD Manuscript Document Signed, Border Dispute RI, CT

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Description: Autographs1728 Matthew Griswold Governor of Connecticut Signed True Copy of a Letter from Joseph Jenckes, Gov. of R.I.MATTHEW GRISWOLD (1714-1799). 17th Governor of Connecticut from 1784 to 1786, also served as the First Lieutenant Governor and Chief Justice of the Superior Court, during the American Revolution (1769-1784).Official Manuscript Copy of an April 12, 1728-Dated Manuscript Document Signed (on Verso, "Matthew Griswold," as Governor of Connecticut, 2 pages, front & back, measuring 8" x 12.5", About Fine. This Document being a true copy of an earlier letter received from Joseph Jenckes, then Governor of Rhode Island, endorsed by Griswold, to Govenor "Joseph Talcott Esqr. Governor of Conn.(ecticut)" (1669-1741) who was the 27th Governor of the Connecticut Colony from 1724 until his death in 1741. This historic Letter in regards to the various disputes including the border between the two Colonies. It reads, in part:"... The said letter informs that at that time you had not receiv'd any amount from Great Brittain of the Settlement of the line between the Colonies. Yet nevertheless at the Session of our Assembly in February last, Many of the members thereof being desirous that the said line might be settled according to his Majesties' Determination, as well for preventing for the future such unreasonable destruction made upon their timber as for more than twenty years past has been made by Connecicut men...".Separation at center horizontal fold has been repaired with archival tape, affecting some text but all remains legible. Some paper loss at top center and other splits also repaired with archival tape. Age toned and some dampstaining, but the script remains crisp and dark, quite readable. Great historical content about the border dispute between two colonies which interestingly continues to the present day. An important, historical and foundational document.Griswold was born in Lyme, Connecticut, the eldest son of John Griswold, politician and landowner, and Hannah (Lee) Griswold. He was the fourth generation of his family to live in Connecticut; the Griswold Family family had emigrated there from England in 1639. They were one of the wealthiest and most respected families in Lyme; several Griswolds served in public office in Connecticut over the generations.In his mid-twenties, he decided to study law. He was admitted to the New London Bar in 1742 and opened a practice in Lyme. Many of his legal cases involved settling estates and collecting debts. He became a well-liked and respected teacher of the law as well and over the years developed the one of the first and finest collections of law books in Connecticut.He married then Deputy Governor Roger Wolcott's daughter Ursula on November 10, 1743, and had seven children with her. Their son, Roger Griswold, later also became Governor of Connecticut.His reputation as a fair and hard working lawyer won Griswold the appointment of King's Attorney for New London County. The King's Attorney represented the interests of England and her colonies in court. That Griswold held this position for over thirty years stands as a testimony to both his ability as a lawyer and his fair-mindedness. Griswold's busy law practice, as well as his duties as King's Attorney, left much of the management of Black Hall to Ursula.Griswold was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1748, and from 1751 to 1759. He was then elected to the Council of Assistants, serving from 1759 to 1769. Griswold and eight other Council-members demonstrated opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765 when Governor Thomas Fitch was required to take an oath to support it. Griswold became a member of the Sons of Liberty, who publicly protested the Stamp Act.In each of the years from 1769 to 1784, he was elected Deputy Governor of Connecticut. In that position, he also served as Chief Justice of the Superior Court. During this time, he was concerned about education, and was a member of a committee to improved teaching at Yale College. Yale awarded him a Doctor of Laws in 1779, in appreciation.

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1860 Imprint HANNIBAL HAMLIN's Personal Signed Copy of THE PACIFIC RAILROAD !

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Description: Autographs"Hon H. Hamlin U.S. Senate" (Signed) "THE PACIFIC RAILROAD. 1860" Original Proposed Transcontinental Railroad Imprint - His Personal Copy! Vice-President to Abraham LincolnHANNIBAL HAMLIN (1809-1891). 15th Vice President of the United States (1861-1865), serving under President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War as the First Vice President from the Republican Party, Hamlin served in the United States Senate, the House of Representatives and as the 26th Governor of Maine.1860-Dated. HANNIBAL HAMLIN Signed, "THE PACIFIC RAILROAD. 1860" Remarkable Historic Original Imprint regarding the Transcontinental Railroad, Choice Crisp Extremely Fine.15th Vice President of the United States (1861-1865), serving under President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, Hannibal Hamlin's Personal Signed Copy of this original Imprint entitled, "The Pacific Railroad." This important Imprint is boldly Signed at top of title page, "Hon H. Hamlin - U. S. Senate." This Imprint measures 5.5" x 8.5" and has 14 pages plus a blank leaf, disbound and is quite fresh and very clean, presented within a modern cloth chemise and slipcase. The custom black slipcase has prominent gilt printed text being Titled, "THE PACIFIC RAILROAD. 1860". This historic Pamphlet discusses the proposed Transcontinental Railroad. Hannibal Hamlin was the longtime U.S. Senator from Maine who was picked to be Abraham Lincoln's Presidential Campaign running mate in the critical pre Civil War election of 1860. Hannibal Hamlin served as Vice President of the United States until being replaced on the 1864 Republican Presidential Ticket for Vice President by Andrew Johnson.In 1862, the "Pacific Railroad Act" chartered the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroad Companies, and tasked them with building a Transcontinental Railroad that would link the United States from east to west. Over the next seven years, the two companies would race toward each other from Sacramento, California on the one side and Omaha, Nebraska on the other, struggling against great risks before they met together and linked the two rail systems at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. It actually opened for through traffic on May 10, 1869, with the historic ceremonial driving of the "Last Spike" (later often called the "Golden Spike") with a silver hammer at Promontory Summit.The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the "Pacific Railroad" and later as the "Overland Route") was a 1,907-mile contiguous railroad line constructed in the United States between 1863 and 1869 west of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to connect the Pacific coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa.The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the "Pacific Railroad" and later as the "Overland Route") was a 1,907-mile contiguous railroad line constructed in the United States between 1863 and 1869 west of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to connect the Pacific coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa.The rail line was built by three private companies largely financed by government bonds and huge land grants: the original Western Pacific Railroad Company between Oakland/Alameda and Sacramento, California (132 miles), the Central Pacific Railroad Company of California eastward from Sacramento to Promontory Summit, Utah Territory (U.T.) (690 miles), and the Union Pacific westward to Promontory Summit from the road's statutory Eastern terminus at Council Bluffs on the eastern shore of the Missouri River opposite Omaha, Nebraska (1,085 miles).Opened for through traffic on May 10, 1869, with the ceremonial driving of the "Last Spike" (later often called the "Golden Spike") with a silver hammer at Promontory Summit, the road established a mechanized transcontinental transportation network that revolutionized the settlement and economy of the American West by bringing these western states and territories firmly and profitably into the "Union" and making goods and transportation much quicker, cheaper, and more flexible from coast to coast.

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1908 U.S. President WARREN G. HARDING Signed Check with Portrait Display Framed

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Description: AutographsU.S. President Warren Harding Signed Check with PortraitWARREN G. HARDING (1865-1923). Twenty-Ninth President of the United States, serving from 1921 until his death from a heart attack in 1923.June 25, 1908-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "W.G. Harding," 8" x 3", Choice Extremely Fine. Being a business check from "The Marion Star," filled out and Signed by Harding payable to Mark's Art Studio in the amount of $4. The Marion Star was a successful newspaper, owned and published by Harding prior to his service in the U.S. Senate and as President. Check appears in fine condition with light age toning. Light vertical folds pass through Harding's signature but do not detract. There is a small tear at upper center with another small hole below. Professionally matted and framed together with an engraved portrait print of Harding bearing an engraved facsimile signature. Modern wood frame measures to 12" x 18" overall. A lovely framed display.

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1888 U.S. President BENJAMIN HARRISON Signed Check with Engraved Print Framed

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Description: AutographsPresident Benjamin Harrison Signed Check with EngravingBENJAMIN HARRISON (1833-1901). 23rd President of the United States, serving one term from 1889 to 1893.April 4, 1888-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Benj. Harrison," 7.25" x 2.75", Choice Extremely Fine. This Check, drawn on Fletcher's Bank, Indianapolis, is made out to what appears to be Indianapolis Gas & Light Co. for $8.28. Check appears in very nice condition, cut-cancelled in lower right not intersecting Harrison's signature. Professionally matted and framed together with an Engraved Portrait of Harrison, 5.25" x 7.75" (by sight), with engraved facsimile signature, in a modern wood frame measuring to 12" x 16" overall. An outstanding display piece, Benjamin Harrison's bold large brown signature measuring 3.25" long!

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1862 Author NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE Signed Check with Engraved Print Display Framed

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Description: AutographsNathaniel Hawthorne Signed Check with Engraved Print Famous Author of "The Scarlet Letter" Display Framed NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, 19th Century American Novelist, Author of "The Scarlet Letter".May 10, 1862-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Check Signed, "Nath. Hawthorne," 7" x 2.75", Choice Extremely Fine. This Check, filled out and signed by Hawthorne, is drawn on the Concorde Bank and is payable in the amount of $12.40. Full name of the payee is lost due to hole cancellation. Check in overall nice condition with folds going through Hawthorne's signature but not detracting from it. Check is hole cancelled twice, not intersecting Hawthorne's signature. Professionally matted and framed together with an engraved print portrait of Hawthorne with an engraved facsimile signature., 5" x 7", in modern frame, measuring to 12" x 16.5". A wonderful piece, with a large signature of Nathaniel Hawthorne measuring 3" long, framed and ready for display.

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1764 STEPHEN HOPKINS Manuscript Document Signed, Framed w/ Printed Portrait

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Description: AutographsDeclaration of Independence STEPHEN HOPKINS SignedSTEPHEN HOPKINS, Signer of the Declaration of Independence; Four-Time Governor of Rhode Island; Author of the First Anti-Slavery Law in the United States. 1764-Dated Manuscript Document Signed, "Step. Hopkins, Gov.," as Governor of Rhode Island, six lines in ink, measuring 6.25" x 2.5", Payment request to the Colonies Treasurer for 20, Ornately Matted and Framed under plexiglass with a portrait and an engraved metal descriptive plaque, Choice Extremely Fine. Overall size 25" x 19.75". Signed Receipt from the Colony of Rhode Island "for portage of sundry letters from April 10th to July 31st, 1764." Document on period laid paper appears in extremely fine condition, mounted to larger sheet for conservation. Not examined outside of frame. Small chip to inside trim of frame on left side, otherwise this is a marvelous, (expensive) professional museum-quality framed piece, ready for display.

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JULIA WARD HOWE Autograph Quote Signed, Author:  The Battle Hymn of the Republic

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Description: AutographsJulia Ward Howe Autograph Quote Signed Famous Author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (Written 1862)JULIA WARD HOWE (1819-1910). American Abolitionist, Social Activist, and Poet, most famous as the Author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (1862).June 1903-Dated, Autograph Quote Signed, "Julia Ward Howe", measures 7.75" x 3" penned on off-white wove paper, Choice Very Fine . This quote, the opening and most famous verse from her "Battle Hymn of the Republic" reads, in full: Light toning at edges, traces of prior display on the blank reverse. Includes an Engraved Portrait Print of Howe. Of historical note, she penned her famed Civil War Patriotic hymn after a visit to a Union Army encampment. A nice simple example for display of this historic quote from her most famous Civil War period Poem, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." Important and Rare! (2 items).

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1786 Revolutionary War British Admiral RICHARD HOWE Autograph Letter Signed

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Description: AutographsAdmiral of the British Navy Fleet RICHARD HOWERICHARD HOWE, 1st EARL HOWE (1726-99). Admiral of the British Fleet during the American Revolutionary War, one of the most famous Admirals in British history.August 8, 1786-Dated, Autograph Letter Signed, "Howe," 2 pages, octavo, measuring 7.25" x 9.25", Choice Extremely Fine. Written to Lord Syney and concerning a naval appointment,it mentions "Mr. (William) Pitt" also mentions an assassination attempt made on the King! This exceptional, high quality and beautifully penned Letter reads, in part:"... It was always my intention, my Lord...that Lord vere's son should be put on board Sir Richd. Bickerton's ships; recommend to the Commodore's favourable notice as you desired... the answer to be made to him on that point [a lieutenant's commission] must be collected from your own inclinations, and those of Mr. Pitt..." Howe also mentions an assassination attempt made on the King: "... My surprise on hearing of the attempt on the King's Life, was very great: Not at the presence of mind he possessed, nor the extent of his compassionate feelings which I believe equal to any occasion...".RICHARD HOWE, known as "Black Dick." With his brother, William Howe, who Commanded British Land Forces during the American Revolutionary War, attempted a reconciliation with the Americans.When a new Peace Commission was appointed in 1778, he resigned his commission and would not accept another command until March 1782, when Lord North's government fell. Richard Howe was one of the most famous Admirals in British history.Military historians consider his 1794 victory over the French at The Battle of the Glorious First of June ranks with Quiberon Bay, The Nile, Trafalgar, Jutland, and probably the Spanish Armada.

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1777 Hartford Wit DAVID HUMPHREYS + SPY Officer ELI LEAVENSWORTH Signed Document

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Description: AutographsDavid Humphreys Signed Document - AKA "Hartford Wit" and by SPY Iintelligence Officer "Eli Leavensworth"DAVID HUMPHREYS (1752-1818). American Revolutionary War Colonel and Aide-de-camp to General George Washington, American Minister to Portugal and then to Spain, Entrepreneur who brought Merino sheep to America and Member of the Connecticut State Legislature, also Poet and Author he was one of the then famous "Hartford Wits."January 21, 1777-Dated Revolutionary War, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "David Humphreys," 1 page, measuring 7.75" x 12", vividly printed and engrossed in rich brown on fine quality period watermarked laid paper, Choice Extremely Fine. Being an obligation to the State of Connecticut in which both Elijah and David Humphrey's guarantees that the 2,000 given by the State shall be used to raise a Company of Troops for military service from Connecticut in the Continental Army. A very necessary order considering that many Continental Army soldiers had left George Washington's Continental Army soon after the successful Battles at Trenton at the year end close of 1776 having Washington's army strength had dwindled to a mere 1,000 to 2,000 men.This Document, dated less than one month later, appoints Elijah Humphreys as Captain of that Continental Battalion to be commanded by William Douglas. It is nicely Signed at the conclusion by both "David Humphrys" and "Eli Leavensworth" with their red wax seals to the right of each name.Eli Leavenworth became Captain of the 7th Connecticut Regiment in July 1775 and Captain of the 19th Continental Army Infantry in 1776. He was also Captain of the 6th CT, later being promoted to Major and had active intelligence operations conducted on Long Island, New York. Eli Leavensworth was known to have served with distinction as an intelligence officer whose job was to track spies within the Patriot Movement and stay on top of the enemies' moves. He was a Spy intelligence officer during the Revolution and a postwar Counterfeiter! Two great historic signatures, and excellent for display.ELI LEAVENWORTH became Captain of the 7th Connecticut Regiment in July 1775 and Captain of the 19th Continental Infantry in 1776. He was also Captain of the 6th CT, later being promoted to Major. Leavenworth was known to have served with distinction as an intelligence officer whose job was to track spies within the Patriot Movement and stay on top of the enemies' moves. In the document offered here, the Revolutionary War government has paid him a bonus for enlisting in and helping to recruit a company of soldiers for what was to become an ill equipped company commanded by Colonel William Douglas. The men's incompetence frustrated Gen. George Washington, who, at one point, flogged some of them with his cane.Douglas had raised the 6th Company of the 1st Connecticut Regiment and became its Captain. He took part in military campaigns along Lake George and Lake Champlain. He was promoted twice in 1776, first to Major and then to Colonel of the Connecticut State Regiment, also known as the "Connecticut 5th Battalion."Douglas acknowledged in letters to his wife that his troops were often ill-equipped for battle. When British troops landed at Kips Bay in New York City on September 15, 1776, Douglas' men retreated wildly. General George Washington, encountering the retreating troops, reacted angrily and flogged some of them with his cane declaring, "Are these men with whom I am to defend America?"

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1833 ANDREW JACKSON Presidential Signed Patent: For Musical Instruments!

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Description: Autographs"Andrew Jackson" Presidential Signed Patent: "applying wind to musical instruments by means of bellows"ANDREW JACKSON (1767-1845). Seventh President of the United States (1829-1837); Politician and Army Major General who defeated the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814) and the British Army at the Battle of New Orleans (1815).April 8, 1833-Dated, Partially-Printed Document Signed, "Andrew Jackson" as President, 1 page, on Vellum, measuring 10.75" x 13.25", Washington, D.C., Very Fine. Marginal binding holes to the left edge and a lightly trimmed bottom edge. The official Embossed Paper and Wax Seal is fully intact. Here, President Andrew Jackson issues a Patent document to Peter L. and George Grosh, having, in part: "invented a new and useful improvement in the mode of applying wind to musical instruments by means of bellows." Signed by Jackson and countersigned by Secretary of State Edward Livingston. Intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, scattered toning, handwritten portions and Jackson's signature several shades light, but still fully legible, measuring a huge 5.25" long. Rare, specially with the Patent being for improved musical instruments.

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Rare Inscribed Autograph ANDREW JOHNSON Fully Signed Note Card

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Description: AutographsAndrew Johnson Signed & Inscribed Autographed CardANDREW JOHNSON (1808-1875). 17th President of the United States (1865-1869), who became President as he was Vice President at the time of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.Lovely and scarce Inscribed Autograph Note Signed, "Andrew Johnson," no date or place, measuring 5" x 3", Choice Crisp Extremely Fine. Boldly Signed in deep vivid brown ink on fine quality white paper, "Andrew Johnson." He writes, "It is with much pleasure that I comply with your request. I have the honor to be most respectfully - (Signed) Andrew Johnson." Original Hand-Signed signatures by Andrew Johnson are very rare, specially when written out with his full name as it is here. Most of his signatures were stamped with a steel-engraved "facsimile" signature, making this current example specially desirable!Johnson sustained an injury to his right arm in a Georgia railroad accident in early 1857. In that accident, Johnson's right arm was crushed, and his right elbow was dislocated. He traveled to Nashville, where four surgeons worked to repair the arm, resetting it. However, it never healed properly (due to its having been reset in a swollen condition), and he had to have it broken again - unsuccessfully. The arm continued to give him trouble throughout his Presidency and for the rest of his life. Thus, Andrew Johnson signatures were already scarce, more so a note like the current offering being entirely in his own hand. Writing and signature is crisp and dark, trivial mounting remnants on the blank verso, overall Choice Extremely Fine, highly attractive and ready to frame for display. Andrew Johnson (December 29, 1808 - July 31, 1875) was the 17th President of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson became president as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded.The new president favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union. His plans did not give protection to the former slaves, and he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives. The first American president to be impeached, he was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.Johnson was born in poverty in Raleigh, North Carolina. Apprenticed as a tailor, he worked in several frontier towns before settling in Greeneville, Tennessee. He served as alderman and mayor there before being elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1835. After brief service in the Tennessee Senate, Johnson was elected to the federal House of Representatives in 1843, where he served five two-year terms. He became Governor of Tennessee for four years, and was elected by the legislature to the Senate in 1857. In his congressional service, he sought passage of the Homestead Bill, which was enacted soon after he left his Senate seat in 1862.As Southern slave states, including Tennessee, seceded to form the Confederate States of America, Johnson remained firmly with the Union. He was the only sitting senator from a Confederate state who did not resign his seat upon learning of his state's secession.In 1862, Lincoln appointed him as military governor of Tennessee after most of it had been retaken. In 1864, Johnson, as a War Democrat and Southern Unionist, was a logical choice as running mate for Lincoln, who wished to send a message of national unity in his re-election campaign; their ticket easily won. When Johnson was sworn in as vice president in March 1865, he gave a rambling speech. He later secluded himself to avoid public ridicule. Six weeks later, the assassination of Lincoln made him president.Johnson implemented his own form of Presidential Reconstruction - a series of proclamations directing the seceded states to hold conventions and elections to re-form their civil governments.When Southern states returned many of their old leaders, and passed Black Codes to deprive the freedmen of many civil liberties, Congressional Republicans refused to seat legislators from those states and advanced legislation to overrule the Southern actions. Johnson vetoed their bills, and Congressional Republicans overrode him, setting a pattern for the remainder of his presidency. Johnson opposed the Fourteenth Amendment, which gave citizenship to former slaves. In 1866, Johnson went on an unprecedented national tour promoting his executive policies, seeking to destroy his Republican opponents.As the conflict between the branches of government grew, Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act, restricting Johnson's ability to fire Cabinet officials. When he persisted in trying to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, he was impeached by the House of Representatives, and narrowly avoided conviction in the Senate and removal from office.Returning to Tennessee after his presidency, Johnson sought political vindication, and gained it in his eyes when he was elected to the Senate again in 1875 (the only former president to serve there), just months before his death. Many historians rank Johnson among the worst American presidents for his strong opposition to federally guaranteed rights for African Americans, while some historians admire Johnson for his strict constitutionalism.

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First Edition Autobiography Signed by President LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON

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Description: AutographsLyndon B. Johnson Signed First Edition AutobiographyLYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, (1908-1973). Thirty-Sixth President of the United States (1963-1969), one of only four people who served in all four elected Federal offices of the United States: Representative, Senator, Vice President and President.Published in 1971. First Edition. Autobiography of Lyndon B. Johnson titled, "The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969, Choice Near Mint. Measuring 6.125" x 9.25", the book is 636 pages, including 72 pages of photographs. Published by Holt, Rinehard and Winston, it is bound in red cloth and includes the original colored wrapper. This special copy is personally Autographed by Lyndon Baines Johnson. Included together with this Book is a Autograph Note Signed by Dave Powers upon "Kennedy Library" Letterhead Stationary, dated March 16, 1991, which reads: "Maury, this is the book autographed by L.B.J. which I promised you. -- Best always, - (Signed) Dave."After more than three decades of public service, LBJ became the 36th President of the United States, amid the tragedy of his predecessor's Assassination. He provided Congress with an extraordinary program of legislation. The first Southern President in the Twentieth century, he passionately espoused and passed into law four major civil rights measures, inaugurated a program that lifted more than 12 million Americans out of poverty, established a federal health insurance program, etc. He enjoyed a landslide electoral victory in 1964. In this volume, President Johnson describes his years in the White House, utilizing his own recollections and documents. He freely and frankly tells what he did and why he did it. The front endsheet provides the landmark laws of his administration. The rear endsheet provides a map of the worldwide presidential trips, 1963-1968. This volume has appendices of letters, documents, and maps. A unique copy with the Author's own autograph, overall in excellent condition other than for a small tear on the top left corner of the book jacket. A nice set. (2 items)

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LYNDON B JOHNSON Photograph Signed as President

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Description: AutographsPhotograph Signed "Lyndon B. Johnson" as PresidentLYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (1908-1973). Thirty-Sixth President of the United States (November 22, 1963 - January 20, 1969), one of only four people who served in all four elected Federal offices of the United States: Representative, Senator, Vice President and President.Photograph Signed, "Lyndon B. Johnson" as President, black and white, measuring 8" x 10", no date, of his finely Drawn Portrait, Choice Near Mint. This handsome Photograph is Hand-Signed by the President "Lyndon B Johnson" in black pen at the lower left,being next to the original artist's printed signature.

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