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Lot 3139

[Liberia] 1885 16c yellow (30), on 1892 printed "United States Consulate at" with "Consulate" crossed out and "Legation… Monrovia, Liberia" inserted by hand, to General L.T. Michener of Dudley & Michener in Washington, D.C., tied by "Monrovia/Liberia" circular undated h.s., with "Paid/Liverpool/Br. Packet" c.d.s. in red, backstamped New York transit and Washington, D.C. (Aug. 29) arrival, envelope marked "Personal". Fine and rare early double rate cover.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

L.T. Michener, the former Attorney General of the state of Indiana, had been instrumental in helping secure the presidential nomination for Benjamin Harrison at the Republican National Convention in 1888. With Col. W.W. Dudley, he formed a partnership to prosecute pension claims, of which it had been speculated at the time that the latter had over 100,000 such on file in the Pension Office. As President, Harrison saw the Republicans pass the Dependent Pension Act in 1890, and by 1893 annual appropriations for pensions had increased by over one-half.

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