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#23 - Martin Van Buren

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Significant appointment for an Indian fighter in the American West

Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “M. Van Buren,” one page, 13.75 x 17.75, February 20, 1840. President Van Buren appoints James H. Carleton as “Second Lieutenant in the First Regiment of Dragoons in the service of the United States.” Crisply signed at the conclusion by President Van Buren and countersigned by Secretary of War Joel Roberts Poinsett. The white paper seal affixed to the upper left remains fully intact. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and mild scattered soiling. Poinsett served as US minister to Mexico during John Quincy Adams’s presidency, where he discovered the bright red flowering plant now named for him, the poinsettia, and introduced it to the United States. James H. Carleton was a notable military officer who served through the Civil War, and at this time was with the First Dragoons in the American West, and would participate in an 1844 expedition to the Pawnee and the Oto. He wrote several books about the military and remains best known for his service during the Indian Wars. A very appealing document with a number of interesting associations. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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