Sale 265

Autographs and Historical Documents


U.S. Presidents
 
 
Lot Photo Description
Lot 33
  Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848)., 6th president of the U.S. (1825-1829), Secretary of State under Monroe (1817-1825).

DS as president, 16" x 10", Washington, 1825 May 1. Presidential appointment of Charles R. Belt as Captain of Infantry in the Militia of the District of Columbia, signed "J.Q. Adams" and by James Barbour as Secretary of War. Folds a bit heavy with small holes at intersections and minor splits at ends, otherwise fresh and Very Good, signature is Fine.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 34
  Arthur, Chester Alan (1829-1886)., 21st president of the U.S. (1881-1885), vice-president under James Garfield assuming the presidency after Garfield's assassination.

DS as president, 15½" x 19½", Washington, 1884 Jan 30. Presidential appointment of William H. Penrose as "Major of the Twelfth Regiment of Infantry", boldly signed with countersignature of "Robert T[odd] Lincoln" as Secretary of War. Recording endorsement at upper left in red ink, signed by Adj. General "R.C. Drum", unfilled portions of the ruled lines in the document enhanced with red ink. Usual folds and minor edge toning, otherwise Fine.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 35
  Buchanan, James (1791-1868)., 15th president of the U.S. (1857-1861), Polk's Secretary of State (1845-49), only president to remain a bachelor.

DS as president, 13¾" x 16¼", Washington, 1858 Jan 22. Naval Warrant of Francis M. Ramsay as "Master (in the line of promotion)", countersigned by Isaac Toucey as Secretary of the Navy with intact red-orange seal of the Navy Dept. Usual folds, toning at margins, otherwise Very Good.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 36
  Bush, George Herbert Walker (1924-)., 41st president of the U.S. (1989-1993), vice-president under Reagan (1981-1989), father of George W. Bush, current U.S. president.

TLS as vice-president, 6½" x 8½", 1 p. Washington, 1988 June 21. Writes to West Virginia banker and confidant, J. Knox McConnell "The tide, indeed, will turn this summer now that the focus is on Bush versus Dukakis. And, with our message and friends like you with me, we are going to win". Signed boldly in blue on vice-presidential letterhead, Very Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 37
  Bush, George Herbert Walker (1924-)., TLS as vice-president, 6½" x 8½", 1p., Washington, 1988 Oct 19. Again writes to McConnell thanking him for photo and his kind words about youngest son, Marvin and "The pace has been hectic, but I am more determined than ever to win in November. With friends like you by my side, I know I will!" Signed in blue ink on vice-presidential letterhead.
Estimate 300 - 400
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Lot 38
  Cleveland (Steven) Grover (1837-1908)., 22nd and 24th president of the U.S. (1885-89, 1893-97), first president to serve non-consecutive terms.

DS as president, 15¼" x 19", Washington, 1888 Sept. 20. Military Commission of William H. Penrose as "Lieutenant Colonel of the Sixteenth Regiment of Infantry", countersigned by "R[obert] Macfeely" as acting Secretary of War, recording endorsement at upper left in red ink signed by Adj. General R.C. Drum, unfilled portions of ruled blanks in document also enhanced in red ink. Horizontal fold through both signatures with minimal affect, otherwise Fine and fresh with completely intact black War Office seal.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

Military Commissions from Cleveland's first term are far scarcer than those from his second.

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Lot 39
  Cleveland (Steven) Grover (1837-1908)., DS as president, 15" x 19", Washington, 1896 Dec 28. Presidential appointment of John Haskell Calef as "Major of Artillery", countersigned by "Daniel S. Lamont" as Secretary of War. Usual folds and crinkling with top part of blue War Office seal missing, otherwise exceptionally fresh and Fine, matted with oval portrait of Cleveland and framed to an overall 28" x 23".
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 40
  Coolidge, Calvin (1872-1933)., 30th president of the U.S. (1923-1929).

DS as president, 20" x 16½", [Washington, DC], 1924 Mar 11. Presidential appointment of Thomas Berhard Reed of Kansas as a "Junior Hydrographic and Geodetic Engineer" in the Coast and Geodetic Survey; also signed by Herbert Hoover as Secretary of Commerce. A Fine and rare combination of signatures.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 41
  Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)., 34th president of the U.S. (1953-1961).

DS as president, 20" x 16", [Washington, DC], 1958 Apr 30. Presidential appointment of Douglas Butler as "Collector of Customs for Customs Collection District No. 24", signed "Dwight D. Eisenhower", also signed by Robert B. Anderson as Secretary of the Treasury. Fine and fresh. A rare modern signed presidential appointment.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000
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Lot 42
  Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)., TLS as president, 6 " x 9", on White House stationery (Washington DC), 1858 May 29. Letter of thanks to Senator Edward Martin for his work on the unemployment compensation bill, signed "DE", with letter of transmittal bearing printed free frank, Fine.
Estimate 400 - 500
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Lot 43
  Fillmore, Millard (1800-1874)., 13th president of U.S. (1850-1853), vice-president under Taylor (1849-1850) assuming the presidency upon Taylor's death.

DS as president, 13¼" x 17¼", Washington, 1852 July 3. Military Commission of Joseph R. Smith as "Major in the Seventh Regiment of Infantry", countersigned by "C[harles] M. Conrad" as Secretary of War, recording endorsement at upper left signed by Adj. General R[oger] Jones. Usual folds, tiny hole one horizontal fold, otherwise fresh and Fine with intact War Office seal.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 44
  Ford, Gerald Rudolph Jr. (1913-)., 38th president of the U.S. (1974-1977).

DS as president, 20" x 17", [Washington, DC], 1977 Jan 10. Presidential appointment of John C. Calhoun of Maryland as a "Member of the National Advisory Council on the Education of Disadvantaged Children", signed "Gerald R. Ford", also signed by Henry A. Kissinger as Secretary of State. Fresh and Fine. Ford presidential documents are exceedingly rare.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 45
  Garfield, James (1831-1881) and Charles Guiteau., 20th president of the U.S. (1881), assassinated July 2nd of that year.

ALS as president, 15" x 20", Washington, 1881 May 14. Presidential appointment of "Lorenzo Lorain as Major in the First Regiment of Artillery", countersigned "Robert T Lincoln" as Secretary of War. Usual folds, fresh and Fine, matted with signed cabinet size photos of both Garfield (a campaign photo signed "J.A. Garfield" and his assassin, Charles Guiteau, the latter taken at the D.C. City Jail by photographer C.M. Bell on Feb 6, 1882. [Guiteau was hanged 4½ months later on June 30th].
Estimate 20,000 - 30,000

Garfield presidential documents are exceedingly rare, an assemblage such as this, unique--the ultimate Garfield display.

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Lot 46
  Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885)., 18th president of the U.S. (1869-1877), Army general in Civil War, accepted Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House (1865).

DS as president, 21" x 16", [Washington DC], 1870 Mar 16. Presidential appointment of John Eaton Jr. of Tennessee as Commissioner of Education, signed "U.S. Grant", also by "J.D. Cox" as Secretary of the Interior.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000

Eaton was a Dartmouth graduate and Army Chaplain. In November 1862 Grant named Eaton "superintendent of contrabands", contrabands referring to freed slaves. A month later he became general superintendent of freedmen for Mississippi, Arkansas, West Tennessee, and Northern Louisiana, serving as such until May 1865. He was commissioned colonel of the 63rd U. S. colored infantry in October 1863, and received the brevet of brigadier general of volunteers in March 1865. Subsequently he was appointed assistant commissioner of the bureau of refugees, freedmen, and abandoned lands. After the war he was Tennessee's Commissioner of Public Schools until this presidential appointment. He served as Commissioner of Education from 1870-1886 and is credited with saving the Bureau of Education from being eliminated by congress.

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Lot 47
  Grant, Ulysses Simpson (1822-1885)., DS as president, partly printed, 18" x 11½", Washington, 1871 Jan 17. Presidential appointment of Mrs Mary Berard as Deputy Postmaster of West Point, N.Y., signed "U.S. Grant", countersigned by Hamilton Fish as Secretary of State, with intact paper seal, Very Good. Professionally double-matted with black and white portrait of Grant holding an envelope and a steel-engraved informational plaque to an overall size of 35" x 23". A Fine philatelic item.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000
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Lot 48
  Harrison, Benjamin (1833-1901), 23rd president of the U.S. (1889-1893), grandson of 9th president William Henry Harrison.

DS as president, 15¾" x 19½", Washington, 1892 Jan 7. Presidential appointment of Peter Leary, Jr. as "Captain of Artillery", boldly signed "Benj Harrison" with countersignature of "S[teven] B. Elkins" as Secretary of War, rules highlighted with red ink with red recording endorsement at upper left signed by Adj. General "J.C. Kelton". Usual folds, Very Good.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 49
  Hayes, Rutherford Birchard (1822-1893)., 19th president of the U.S. (1877-1881).

DS as president, 14¼" x 18", Washington, 1879 Feb 7. Naval Commission of John Hubbard as Lieutenant, signed "R B Hayes" and countersigned by R.W. Thompson as Secretary of the Navy, with virtually intact blue Navy Dept. seal. Usual folds, fresh and Fine.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 50
  Hoover, Herbert Clark (1874-1964)., 31st president of the U.S. (1929-1933).

TLS as president, 7½" x 11½", [Washington] The White House, 1930 June 9. Letter of transmittal of a report by the Secretary of State (not present) ultimately routed to the Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs, re appropriation of funds drawn on the State Dept. by the American Embassies in Petrograd and Constantinople and attempted cable transfers but the latter embassy "between December 23, 1915 and April 21, 1917, in connection with the representation by the Embassy of the interests of certain foreign Governments and their nationals". Staple rust at top in blank area, still Fine and rare as president. Matted with 8" x 10" photo of Hoover (lightly and unobtrusively creased) and framed to an overall 23" x 17½".
Estimate 1,200 - 1,500
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Lot 51
  Hoover, Herbert Clark (1874-1964)., ISP by Bachrach, image 7¼" x 9¼", overall 7¾" x 11½", inscribed in bottom border "To J. Maxwell Smith, With kind regards from Herbert Hoover", damaged at upper left and edge creases could easily be matted out, Fair; also includes signature of "Lou Henry Hoover", his wife, on 3" x 1½" card, Very Good.
Estimate 150 - 200
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Lot 52
  Jackson, Andrew (1767-1837)., DS as president, 14½" x 18½", Washington, 1858 July 1. Appointment of Charles McDougall as "Assistant Surgeon in the service of the United States", bold signature and countersigned by "Lew[is] Cass" as Secretary of War. Usual folds (archival reinforcing on verso), Very Good. Matted with engraving of Jackson and engraved steel name plate, framed to an overall 28" x 25¾".
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 53
  Jackson, Andrew (1767-1845)., 7th president of the U.S. (1829-1837), governor of Florida Territory (1821), "Old Hickory".

LS with filing endorsement on front (a complete folded letter), 8" x 9 ", Ten Islands, 1814 November 11. To AD Quarter Master General, William B Lewis. Requisitions for supplies "…You will forward without delay to this place two tons of lead and 2500 lbs gun powder of the best quality. A few more attacks, added to the want of tents, will soon exhaust my supplies- in haste I am respectfully…" signed "your obt. Svt. Andrew Jackson, Major General" written during the critical preparatory stages of the Battle of New Orleans (Dec 1814 - Jan 8 1815).
Estimate 10,000 - 15,000

Written during the critical preparatory stages of the Battle of New Orleans (Dec 1814 - Jan 8 1815), this fine piece poignantly conveys the perilous position of U.S. forces, which were outnumbered by the British 2½ to 1. The Battle of New Orleans signified a real turning-point in the history of the embryonic republic. It brought an end to the War of 1812, cementing the permanence of the Treaty of Ghent. Perhaps more importantly, it helped earn the U.S. the grudging respect which she would need to grow over the coming decades. Jackson was to maintain martial law in the territory until the official end of the war. He was initially venerated in New Orleans but lost much of his popularity on account of the continued harshness of his regime.
The recipient, Andrew B. Lewis, later became a close advisor to Jackson during the latter's presidency.

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Lot 54
  Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)., 3rd president of the U.S. (1801-1809), principal author of the Declaration of Independence and Virginia signer, Secretary of State under Washington (1790-1793).

ALS as ex-president, 7¾" x 9¼", Monticello, 1814 July 8. "Although I have not heard of the sale of my flour, yet in the hope it has taken place, and urged by some of my corn contracts, I have been obliged to draw on you this day in favor of Wm. Stevens or order for 105.D. which will probably be presented to you with this advice. Accept the assurance of my esteem & respect (signed) Th. Jefferson." At the bottom in a much less formal hand Jefferson has noted "July 9. the draught for 105. was taken in & one given for 70.D. payable to Jos. Bishop given there are still 20.D. due." On verso, also in Jefferson's hand, is the note"Gibson & Jefferson July 8.14." Fine. Double-matted with a hand-colored engraving of Jefferson and framed to an overall 23" x 18".
Estimate 10,000 - 15,000
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Lot 55
  Johnson, Andrew (1808-1875)., 17th president of the U.S. (1865-1869), first U.S. president to be impeached.

DS as president, 15½" x 19¾", [Washington, DC], 1865 May 7. Presidential appointment of Henry R. Williams as "Second Lieutenant in the Veteran Reserve Corps", bold signature with additional signature of "E M Stanton" as Secretary of War, manuscript docketing at upper left in red ink and signed by Asst. Adjutant General "E D Townsend", [the docketing is mistakenly dated March 7]. Folded in twelfths with middle horizontal fold exhibiting some weakness and tiny separations, blue paper seal not quite intact, Johnson's signature is excellent, Very Good.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

A very scarce Johnson presidential document signed less than a month after Lincoln's assassination.

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Lot 56
  Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973)., 36th president of the U.S. (1963-1969).

DS as president, 23" x 19", [Washington, DC], 1965 May 11. Presidential appointment of Barbara Archibald Wilcox of Washington County, Oregon as a "Member of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations" signed "Lyndon B Johnson", also signed by Dean Rusk as Secretary of State. Usual folds, Fine. A rare modern signed presidential appointment.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000
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Lot 57
  Lincoln, Abraham, 16th president of the U.S. (1861-1865), assassinated.

ALS as president, 5" x 8", 1p., Washington, 1862 April 11. Writes to Secretary of War, Edward Stanton, "Col. Harvey Brown wishes his brevet of date, Nov. 22nd 1861, be conferred to take date as of the 16th of April 1861 - the day on which he relieved Fort Pickens - If this be at all admissible, let it be done. Yours truly A. Lincoln". Vertical fold slightly split at top and bottom not affecting text, otherwise fresh and Fine.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000

An important letter making reference to one of the earliest events of the war, the Confederate attack on Ft. Pickens, Florida, just four days after Ft. Sumter.
Harvey Brown (1795-1875) was a Colonel when he successfully defended Ft. Pickens against the superior forces of C.S.A. Brig. General Richard H. Anderson. As a result, he was breveted Brig. General on Nov. 23, 1861. He was later breveted Maj. General for suppressing draft riots in New York City.

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Lot 58
  Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865)., DS as president, 15¾" x 19½", [Washington DC], 1861 Sept 19. Presidential appointment of George D. Ramsay as "Major in the Ordnance Department", also signed by Simon Cameron as Secretary of War, manuscript docketing at upper left in red ink signed by Adjutant General "L. Thomas", Finely engraved American eagle and military vignettes at top and bottom, intact blue paper seal. Folded, but folds strong with no inclination to separate, light red ink smear at left and minor edge toning, Very Good.
Estimate 5,000 - 7,500

Ramsay would rise to the rank of Brigadier General and Army Chief of Ordnance. In 1864 he was breveted to Major general.

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Lot 59
  Madison, James (1751-1836) with James Monroe., 4th president of the U.S. (1809-1817), first president to employ the "pocket veto".

DS as president, 15¾" x 11", Washington, 1815 Feb 20. Presidential appointment of Richard Bache as "a first lieutenant in the 32nd regiment of Infantry", countersigned "Jas Monroe" as Secretary of War. Usual folds, Fine. Matted with engraved portraits of Madison and Monroe above engraved steel identification plaques, framed to overall 25" x 34". A handsome display.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 60
  Madison, James (1751-1836)., DS as president, 14" x 17¼", [Washington, DC], 1814 June 18. Presidential appointment of Samuel Miller as "Captain in the Marine Corpse [sic]", also signed by "W. Jones" as Secretary of the Navy, wonderful intact paper Navy Dept. seal. Margins reduce slightly all around, folded in sixths with archival reinforcement of heavy creases, Very Good appearance, signature Fine.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 61
  Madison, James (1751-1836)., Printed DS as President, 16" x 12½", blank commission for naval privateers, pre-signed by Madison and countersigned by James Monroe as Secretary of State. Very fine seal at lower left, minor splitting at folds.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 62
  McKinley, William (1843-1901)., 25th president of the U.S. (1897-1901), assassinated.

DS as president, 15" x 18¾", Washington, 1898 May 6. Military Commission of William Ludlow as Brigadier General of Volunteers, boldly signed with countersignature of "R[ussell] A. Alger" as Secretary of War. Foxing and minor crinkling, otherwise Very Good.
Estimate 500 - 750

Ludlow, a West Point graduate and Civil War veteran, accompanied George Custer, a friend from the Military Academy, on the Black Hill Expedition. He later was a brigade commander in the invasion of Cuba during the Spanish-American War and both military and civil governor of Havana.

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Lot 63
  Monroe, James (1758-1831)., 5th president of the U.S. (1817-1825), proclaimed the Monroe Doctrine (1823) opposing European colonization in the Americas.

DS as president, 15½" x 10", Washington, 1819 Sept 17. Presidential appointment of Abraham L. Sands as "Captain in the Corps of Artillery", countersigned "J.C. Calhoun" as Secretary of War, Very Good. Matted with engraved portraits of both Monroe and Calhoun above engraved steel biographical plaques, framed to an overall 45½" x 28½".
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 64
  Pierce, Franklin (1804-69) with Jefferson Davis., 14th president of the U.S., first president arrested while in office [for running a woman down with a carriage].

DS as president, 13½" x 17¼", Washington, 1855 Jan 10, Presidential appointment of James Thompson as "First Lieutenant in the Second Regiment of Artillery", large clear signature with bold countersignature "Jeff.n Davis" as Secretary of War. Couple tiny insignificant holes along lightly toned folds, one vertical fold passing through "Franklin", matted with engraved portraits of Pierce and Davis, each above an engraved steel identification plaque. An uncommon combination and a handsome display.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 65
  Polk, James Know (1795-1849)., 11th president of the U.S. (1845-1849).

DS as president, 14½" x 17¾", Washington, 1849 Mar 3. Military Commission of Brevet Major Joseph R. Smith as Brevet Lieutenant Colonel "For gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco" [Mexican War], signed "James K Polk" with flourishes, countersigned "W[illiam] L Marcy" as Secretary of War, recording endorsement at upper left in red ink signed by Adj. General T.E. Jones. Usual folds, Very Good with intact War Office seal.
Estimate 1,200 - 1,500

Marcy later served as Secretary of State under Franklin Pierce.

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Lot 66
  Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945)., 32nd president of the U.S. (1933-1945).

DS as president, 16" x 19¾", [Washington DC], 1936 Jan 12. Presidential appointment of Malin Craig as "General [4-star] while serving as Chief of Staff of the Army", characteristic bold "Franklin D Roosevelt" in blue ink, also signed by "Geo. H. Dern" as Secretary of War. Docketed and boldly signed at upper left by Adjutant General "E.T. Conley". Accompanied by a TLS by Craig as Chief of Staff on War Dept. letterhead, 1936 Feb 13, responds to request for autograph, regrets that he cannot "furnish photographs as requested". Appointment has small nick at upper left and tiny seal fault, otherwise fresh and Fine. Craig's letter is Fine.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000

Signed presidential appointments are rare after 1930. Roosevelt must have made an exception here because of the importance of Craig's position as Army Chief of Staff.

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Lot 67
  Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)., 26th president of the U.S. (1901-1909), Nobel Peace Prize (1905), Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumous, 2001).

DS as president, 15" x 19½", Washington, 1907 Feb 19. Presidential appointment of Frank Kirby Chapin as "Second Lieutenant of Cavalry" boldly signed with countersignature of "Wm H Taft" as Secretary of War. No sign of folding, some foxing, mainly at top, beautifully matted with portraits of Roosevelt and Taft, each above an engraved steel biographical plaque, framed to an overall 43½" x 31". An impressive display and a scarce combination of signatures.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 68
  Taft, William Howard (1857-1930)., 27th president (1903-1913), Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1921-1930).

ALS, 1p, 5" x 8", Cleveland, 1899 December 9. On Ohio Northern District Court letterhead to George Leonard, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Cincinnati. Encloses opinion on Cunningham vs City of Cleveland (not present), boldly written and signed "Wm H Taft" adding "I am very busy". Includes original mailing envelope addressed in his hand with manuscript franking signature above printed Official Business indicia to which he has added "Circuit Judge". Letter Very Fine, envelope with opening tear through signature. Taft's free franks are exceedingly rare.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

Taft is the only man ever to head two different branches of the federal government.

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Lot 69
  Taylor, Zachary (1774-1850)., 12th president of the U.S. (1849-1850), U.S. General and hero of the Mexican War ("Old Rough and Ready").

ALS, 7½" x 9¾", 1p., Baton Rouge, 1841 May 3. Letter of recommendation to Secretary of War John Bell for one Alfred A. Williams to replace the current ordnance storekeeper at the Baton Rouge arsenal, the incumbent storekeeper having "left the post without complying with the conditions on which a leave of absence was granted by the depart…as a consequence of age & infirmities…caused no doubt by intemperance…", signed "Z. Taylor Bt.Br.Gen./U.S.A.", with integral address leaf in his hand "Honble. John Bell, Secretary of War", Washington City ". No doubt hand delivered as there are no postal markings, docketed 17 May. Minor contemporary ink smearing, Fine.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 70
  Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972)., 33rd president of the U.S. (1945-1953).

TMSS as president, 8½" x 11", 7pp., circa 1951. Proposals for election reform, given in a speech to the Senate Elections Committee including "ways to make registration and voting easier… proposals to provide inducements to vote and penalties for not voting…problems presented by deliberately biased news coverage…increased use of techniques of defamation and character assassination…a central depository where all reports of contributions and expenditures in campaigns for federal office will be filed for public inspection…" Truman has written in pencil at bottom of first page "Bill:- I've made some marks on the attached. Use them if you like. They are only for clarification. It is a good document. H.S.T." Small note attached at top in ink "Memo to Mr. Boyle:- I'm returning your recommendations to the Senate Committee on elections with some minor suggestions. H.S.T." William (Bill) Boyle was Chairman of the democratic National Committee. Fine and quite rare as president.
Estimate 2,000 - 3,000
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Lot 71
  Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972)., DS as president, 20" x 16", Washington, 1945 Sept 28. Presidential appointment of Granville T. Norris of Oklahoma as a U.S. Marshall for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, bold Truman signature, countersigned by Thomas C. Clark as Attorney General. Minor crinkling, paper clip rust at extreme right margin mentioned only for strict accuracy, still Fine and scarce.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 72
  Tyler, John (1790-1862)., 10th president of the U.S. (1841-1845), vice-president under William Henry Harrison, assumed the presidency upon Harrison's death after only 30 days in office.

DS as president, 13¾" x 17¼", Washington, 1841 Oct 7, Presidential appointment of Samuel Miller as "Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps", countersigned by J.D. Simms as acting Secretary of War. Usual folds not affecting signatures, Fine.
Estimate 1,200 - 1,500

Tyler returned to public office in February of 1861 to chair a committee formed to try to avoid civil war. After Virginia seceded he took up the Southern cause, serving in the Provisional Confederate Congress and being elected to the Confederate House of Representatives, though he died before taking his seat.

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Lot 73
  Van Buren, Martin (1782-1862)., 8th president of the U.S. (1837-1841), Andrew Jackson vice-president (1833-1837).

DS as president, 13½" x 16½", Washington, 1841 Jan 20, Presidential appointment of Lorenzo Sitgreaves as "First Lieutenant in the Corps of Topographical Engineers", boldly signed "M. Van Buren", countersigned by "J.R. Poinsett" as Secretary of War. Usual folds, fresh and Fine.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

Joel Roberts Poinsett was the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico (1825-29) and is credited with introducing a certain native Central American plant to the U.S., the plant becoming known as the poinsettia.

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Lot 74
  Wilson (Thomas) Woodrow (1856-1924) with Franklin D. Roosevelt, 28th president of the U.S. (1913-1921); conceived and created the League of Nations, Nobel Peace Prize (1919).

DS as president, 14½" x 17½", Washington, 1913 July 14. Presidential appointment of William H. Pashley as "Lieutenant, junior grade, in the Navy", boldly countersigned "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as acting Secretary of the Navy. No sign of folding but repaired tear at extreme upper right affecting neither text nor vignettes, Fine, matted with photos of Wilson and Roosevelt, each above an engraved steel biographical plaque, framed to an overall 39½" x 26". A beautiful display piece and a rare combination of signatures.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 75
  Wilson (Thomas) Woodrow (1856-1924)., DS as president, 15" x 19", Washington, 1916 Nov 27. Presidential appointment of Edward O.C. Ord as "Major on the Retired List of the Army", countersigned by "Newton D. Baker" as Secretary of War. Folds and crinkling, none affecting the signatures, War Dept. seal missing, otherwise Fine, matted with oval portrait of Wilson and framed to an overall 29" x 24½".
Estimate 500 - 750

Ord, who was actually Edward O.C. Ord II, was the son of Major General Edward O.C. Ord, the namesake of Ft. Ord in California.

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