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COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)

# 7659

Thirtieth U.S. President - 1923-29; U.S. Vice President – 1921-23; Governor of Massachusetts – 1919-21

Document Signed, 3” x 8 ½”, Northampton, Massachusetts, March 29, 1929, “Calvin Coolidge,” a partly printed check, also accomplished by Coolidge less than a month after leaving office as U.S. President, drawn on The Hampshire County Trust Co. and made payable to one Mary Ahearn for thirty dollars.

The check is in very good condition, with minor smudging of ink to several letters, a small tear in the upper margin, and a few light vertical folds. The hole-punch cancellation at center affects an insignificant part of the beginning of Coolidge’s signature.

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COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)

# 7657

Thirtieth U.S. President - 1923-29; U.S. Vice President – 1921-23; Governor of Massachusetts – 1919-21

Vice President Coolidge Thanks a Jounalist from The Nation

Typed Letter Signed, 7” x 9”. Writing on imprinted official stationery, U.S. Vice President Coolidge thanks Marian Tyler, a journalist with The Nation, a liberal weekly magazine first published in 1865, for her letter.


“THE VICE-PRESIDENT’S CHAMBER, WASHINGTON, February 2, 1922. Miss Marian Tyler, The Nation, 20 Vesey Street, New York, N.Y. My dear Miss Tyler: Please accept my thanks for your letter and enclosure. It is always interesting to see the discussion that goes on in the public press. Very sincerely yours, Calvin Coolidge.
The letter is lightly toned and soiled, with a horizontal fold at the center.

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COOLIDGE, CALVIN (1872-1933)

# 7656

Thirtieth U.S. President - 1923-29; U.S. Vice President – 1921-23; Governor of Massachusetts – 1919-21

The Vice President-Elect Thanks a Supporter – Just Two Days after the 1920 Election

Typed Letter Signed, 7 ¼” x 9 ½”, on imprinted stationery as Massachusetts Governor.  During the second year of his short tenure as governor - just two days after election to U.S. vice president on the Warren G. Harding ticket - Coolidge thanks “Mr. Ernest M. Hortmann, Boston, Mass.,” for a letter.


“EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT, STATE HOUSE, BOSTON. 4th November, 1920…My dear Mr. Hortmann: It was exceedingly thoughtful of you to send me such a gracious message. I want to thank you for your kind wishes which I assure you I reciprocate. Cordially yours, Calvin Coolidge.
The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds and a pinhole along the bottom edge.

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GRIFFIN, SAMUEL MARVIN (1907-82)

# 7758

Governor of Georgia – 1955-59; Brigadier General of Georgia National Guard during World War II

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted 8” x 11” stationery as Georgia governor, responding to an autograph request.

“Executive Department, Atlanta. December 31, 1956. Mr. Barry Goldsmith, 2986 Avenue V, Brooklyn 29, New York. Dear Barry: This will acknowledge and thank you for your postal card of recent date. The laws of the state prohibit the use of the Great Seal of Georgia except on legal documents. However, I am sending you the Seal of the Executive Department and my autograph which I hope will be suitable for your needs. I was nice hearing from you. With warm regards, I am Sincerely, Marvin Griffin.

The autograph and Executive Department seal mentioned by Griffin, on a light 3” x 5” card and in exceptional condition, accompanies the letter. The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds and a few light creases.

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HAMPTON, WADE (1818-1902) Confederate Lieutenant General– South Carolina; Governor of South Carolina – 1876-79; U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1879-91

# 8341

During the American Civil War, Hampton served with distinction from First Manassas through the surrender of Joseph Johnston in North Carolina, becoming, along with Nathan Bedford Forrest and Richard Taylor, one of only three civilians to attain the rank of lieutenant general in the Confederate Army.

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, on front and reverse of a 5” x 8” sheet, to Thomas Taylor, a captain in Hampton’s Legion during the Civil War.  As a first-term U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Hampton discusses agricultural matters relating to the former Confederate commissioner, Senator L.Q.C. Lamar, also referring Taylor to another old Confederate comrade, 1st South Carolina Lieutenant Colonel Andrew P. Butler.


“Wash[ingto]n, June 9th 1879.  My Dear Taylor, your letter reached me a day or two ago & I was glad to learn that you were all well.  The warm weather & the confinement here have made my leg trouble me & I shall try to get off very soon.  Senator Lamar has heard that by the cultivation of vetches the [?] grass can be exterminated & he wants some vetch seed.  Can you have some sent to him here?  Do consult Dr. Ravenel to learn if the grass can be eradicated by this plant & get from him the mode of cultivating it.  If you see Col. A.P. Butler tell him that I want him to let me have a trio of white game chickens for Lamar.  If he has any of pure blood he could ship them by express to Oxford, Miss[issippi].  Do see if you can get three chickens.  Write when you can.  With kind regards to Mrs. Taylor, I am Y[ou]rs truly, Wade Hampton.”


Accompanied by the transmittal envelope, addressed by Hampton, to “Capt. Thos. Taylor, Charleston, So[uth] Ca[rolina],” with Washington, DC and Charleston, South Carolina postal markings.

The letter is in excellent overall condition, with the expected horizontal folds.  The envelope bears general soiling and wear, along with several edge chips and tears.

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HAYES, RUTHERFORD B. (1822-93)

# 7654

Nineteenth U.S. President - 1877-81; Governor of Ohio – 1868-72 & 1876-77; Union Brigadier General - Ohio

Document Signed, 7 ¾” x 10”, as U.S. President, a partly printed “affix the seal” document.


“I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of John B. Martin, dated this day and signed by me; and for so doing this shall be his warrant. R.B. Hayes. Washington, 9th Aug[u]st, 1877.”
In excellent condition overall, the document is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds.

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HOPKINS, STEPHEN (1707-85)

# 7664

Signer of the Declaration of Independence – Rhode Island; Delegate to the Continental Congress – Rhode Island – 1774-76; Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island – 1755-57, 1758-62, 1763-65 & 1767-68

French and Indian War-Date Pay Order

War-Date Document Signed, 4 ¼” x 6 ¼”, a manuscript pay order “To Thos. Richardson, Esq[uire], Gen[eral] Treasurer,”  The document is co-signed by Hopkins’ fellow committeemen, assigned the task of preparing for war with France, later known as The French and Indian War, 1754-63.


“Newport, [Rhode Island], May 12, 1755. Sir, Pay Mr. George Lanton Sixty nine pounds, six shillings & six pence (old Tenor) in full of his al[lotmen]t for the French mens boat & charge the same to the Colony. Step. Hopkins.
The document is lightly and evenly toned, with clean paper separation along the center horizontal fold. The text of the document is unaffected by minor paper loss at the corners.

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KIRKWOOD, SAMUEL J. (1813-94)

# 7835

U.S. Interior Secretary – 1881-82; U.S. Senator – Iowa – 1866-67 & 1877-81; Governor of Iowa – 1860-64 & 1876-77

As Civil War Governor of Iowa, refused Virginia’s extradition of Barclay Coppock, a participant in John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry


Signed Card, 2” x 3 ½”, “S.J. Kirkwood, Oct. 27/[18]87.”

Gilt-edged and virtually pristine, with a prefabricated, folded-back upper left corner, the card is affixed to larger backing.

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MARTIN, CHARLES H. (1863-1946)

# 7768

Governor of Oregon – 1935-39

U.S. Congressman – Oregon – 1931-35

Served in the Spanish-American War & lead the Blackhawk Division in the Argonne during World War I, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal

Supported segregation and Jim Crow regulations in the U.S. Army

Commander of the Panama Canal Department – 1925-27

Retired as U.S. Army Major General in 1927


Signed Card, 3 ¼” x 5”, also dated by Martin as Oregon governor.

“Charles H. Martin, Gov[erno]r of Oregon, Salem, Nov[ember] 9th 1936.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with bleeding of ink in Martin’s middle initial, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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McCLELLAN, GEORGE B. (1826-85) Union Major General, during the American Civil War; U.S. Presidential Candidate – 1864; Governor of New Jersey – 1878-81

# 7913

Original Steel Engraving, 6 ½” x 10” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 3 ¾” x 5” image of McClellan in Civil War uniform, imprinted “D. Appleton & Co.”

Lightly and evenly toned, with old book binding remnants along the right edge.

Price: $25.00
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OLCOTT, BEN W. (1872-1952) Governor of Oregon – 1919-1923; Oregon Secretary of State – 1911-1920

# 7755

Assuring his defeat in the upcoming election, Oregon Governor Ben Olcott denounces the Ku Klux Klan

Typed Letter Signed, on official 6 ¾” x 9” stationery as Oregon governor. In this excellent communication, Olcott expresses thanks to “Mr. Binger Hermann, Roseburg, Oregon,” for sending a newspaper containing an article written by Hermann. Governor Olcott concurs in Hermann’s denouncement of the Ku Klux Klan, at the time an ascending, openly acknowledged presence in the politics of the state.


“State of Oregon, Executive Department, Salem. September 20, 1922. My Dear Mr. Hermann: I am in receipt of copy of the Coquille paper containing a most interesting article from your pen and which I have read with great interest. I appreciate your remembering me in this connection. I have not forgotten the fine letter you wrote me several months ago in connection with the proclamation issued by this office against the activities of the nefarious and odious Ku Klux Klan organization. It was a master piece and I took the liberty of reading it to several of my close friends also of yours. In the hundreds of communications I have received on this subject none exceeded or even equaled yours. With assurance of high respect and all good wishes, I remain Sincerely yours, Ben W. Olcott, Governor.”


As secretary of state, Olcott assumed office after the death of Oregon Governor James Withycombe on March 3, 1919. Refusing the support of the Klan, Olcott won the Republican nomination for governor, but was defeated in the 1922 general election – just weeks after the steadfast disgust affirmed in this letter - by Klan-backed state Senator Walter M. Pierce.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a center horizontal fold and scattered minor staining.

Price: $395.00
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PERKINS, GEORGE C. (1839-1923)

# 7793

Governor of California – 1880-83; U.S. Senator – California – 1893-1915

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted stationery as U.S. Senator from California.

“December 26, 1908. Hon[orable] Henry H. Hart, C/o Jesse W. Lilienthal, Room 1206 Flood Building, San Francisco, California. My dear Sir: Your letter of the 11th instant at hand, and I take pleasure in sending under another cover copy of the President’s Message as you request. Yours very truly, Geo. C. Perkins.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with two horizontal folds, and is accompanied by the transmittal envelope.

Was: $20.00  SALE Price:  $15.00
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RUTLEDGE, EDWARD (1749-1800)

# 7564

Signer of the Declaration of Independence – South Carolina; Delegate to the Continental Congress – South Carolina – 1774-76; Captain in the South Carolina Militia – 1778-81; Governor of South Carolina – 1798-1800

Autograph Note Signed, on a 2” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a larger legal document.

“I appear for the Def[en]se in this Action. Ed. Rutledge, Att[orne]y, July 3, 1787.”

In excellent condition overall, the paper is lightly and evenly toned.

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SMITH, FORREST (1886-1962)

# 7759

Governor of Missouri – 1949-53

Typed Letter Signed, on embossed 7 ¼” x 10 ½” stationery as Missouri Governor, responding to an autograph request.

“Executive Office, State of Missouri, Jefferson City. April 29, 1949. Mr. Thomas Shovan, 39 Ridge Road, Concord, New Hampshire. Dear Mr. Shovan: In accordance with your request of recent date, I am herewith enclosing a copy of my autograph. I am glad to grant your request. Yours very truly, Forrest Smith.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with several light creases, and there is an inconsequential paper-clip indentation at the upper edge.

Price: $25.00
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SMITH, FORREST (1886-1962)

# 7797

Governor of Missouri – 1949-53

Signature, “Forrest Smith,” as Missouri Governor on a 2 ¼” x 5” slip of paper, imprinted and with a beautifully embossed state seal.

Excellent overall, with a pencil notation and a small remnant from an old hinge on the reverse.

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SMITH, FORREST (1886-1962)

# 7769

Governor of Missouri – 1949-53

Signed Card, 3” x 5”, “Forrest Smith, Governor of Missouri.”

There is a biographical notation in another hand along the upper edge, along with a more heavily toned rectangular area at the center.

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SMITH, FORREST (1886-1962)

# 7743

Governor of Missouri – 1949-53

Signed Card, 3” x 5”, “Forrest Smith, Governor of Missouri.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with show-through of old tape staining at the center.

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VAN BUREN, MARTIN (1782-1862)

# 7650

Eighth U.S. President - 1837-41; U.S. Vice President – 1833-37; U.S. Secretary of State – 1829-31; Governor of New York - 1829

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed

War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, 5” x 8”, two pages, front and reverse of the first leaf of a folded letter-sheet. From his home in Kinderhook, New York, Van Buren sends details of an upcoming trip to an unnamed friend.


“Lindenwald, October 17th [18]61. Many thanks to you my dear Judge for your affectionate & obliging letter. I shall wait till after the election. I hope to be ready to leave home on the day after. I spend the night with you & I hope have the pleasure of your company to Clifton. I will drop you a line in advance. Present me most kindly to Mrs. Page, Mrs. Mumford & the young ladies, & believe me truly yours, M. Van Buren.” 
In excellent condition overall, the letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains and three horizontal folds.

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WALLACE, LEW (1827-1905) Union Major General – Indiana; Governor of New Mexico Territory – 1878-81

# 8337

Wallace served in the West at Ft. Donelson and Shiloh, was transferred east with Grant to encounter Jubal Early at Monocacy River in 1864, and was president of the court-martial which tried and condemned Andersonville Commandant Henry Wirz.  He served as post-war Governor of the New Mexico Territory and U.S. Minister to Turkey.  He is also remembered for writing Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. 

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ¼”, “Lew. Wallace.”

Excellent, with light, even toning.

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WALTON, GEORGE (1749-1804)

# 7665

Signer of the Declaration of Independence; U.S. Senator – Georgia – 1795-96; Governor of Georgia – 1789-90; Chief Justice of Georgia 1783-89

Document Signed, 8” x 12 ½”, Chatham County, Georgia, December 14, 1785, “Geo. Walton,” as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, a manuscript legal document regarding the payment of a debt.

The document is evenly toned, with several stains and a few insignificant edge chips and tears. One word of text is affected by a small area of paper loss near the right edge, along the uppermost of three horizontal folds, another of which has been repaired on the reverse.

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