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#18 - Franklin Pierce

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Appointment for Commissioner of Indian Affairs

Manuscript DS as president, one page, 7.75 x 8.25, August 19, 1853. President Pierce appoints “Charles E. Mix to be acting Commissioner of Indian Affairs during the temporary absence of George W. Manypenny from the seat of Government.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by Pierce. A descriptive docketing panel is affixed to the reverse. In fine condition, with toning to intersecting folds. Both officials mentioned in this document were important figures in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Manypenny was appointed as director of the bureau by Pierce in 1853 and served in that capacity until 1857, settling fifty-two treaties during his tenure. Mix served as the bureau’s chief clerk from 1838 to 1868, and briefly served as commissioner during 1858 when he oversaw the signing of a treaty with the Yankton Sioux Tribe of the Dakota Territory. An uncommon document concerning one of the more controversial governmental departments of the 19th century. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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