VERY FINE. A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S FREE FRANK.
This cover is addressed to Martha Washington's niece, who was Tobias Lear's third wife. His first wife died of yellow fever in 1793, his second of tuberculosis in 1796. He married Frances Henley in 1803, four years after Washington's death and just after his appointment by President Jefferson to the post of Consul General of the North African Coast, where he negotiated the end of the First Barbary War.
VERY FINE. A PARTICULARLY CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THOMAS JEFFERSON'S PRESIDENTIAL FREE FRANK. THIS IS THE MOST DESIRABLE FORM OF JEFFERSON'S FRANK.
The addressee, James Dinsmore (1771-1830) was an Irish master carpenter known for his elegant work done at Jefferson's home, Monticello. He later went on to work with James Madison on his Montpelier plantation and on several buildings for the University of Virginia, which was founded by Jefferson and opened in 1825. Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, the same day that fellow founding father, long-time friend and one-time political enemy, John Adams died, and 50 years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING PRESIDENTIAL AUTOGRAPH ON A MAGNETIC TELEGRAPH COMPANY COVER DURING THE EARLIEST YEARS OF THE TELEGRAPH.
Zachary Taylor died only two years after assuming office. His presidential documents are scarce in any form. This telegraph related use, from Vice President and future President Millard Fillmore, is an outstanding combination of American history and telegraph postal history.
Ex Born. With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A SCARCE FULL SIGNATURE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS PRESIDENT AND SIMON CAMERON AS SECRETARY OF WAR ON A PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT.
These military appointments are scarce with Cameron as the Secretary of War, as he only served from March 5, 1861, until January 14, 1862, when he was forced out of office. Most have Edwin Stanton as Secretary of War, who served for more than six years. The appointee, Horace Jewett (1834-1897), served throughout the Civil War and was actively engaged in the Indian Wars, before retiring as Commander of the 21st Infantry.
With 1988 Kenneth Laurence certificate