Rare partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “W. H. Harrison,” one page, 15.5 x 10.5, March 15, 1841. President Harrison appoints Henderson Taylor as “Attorney of the United States in & for the Western District of Louisiana.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Harrison and countersigned by Secretary of State Daniel Webster. The white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains fully intact but for a trivial chip to one point. In very good to fine condition, with two tiny areas of paper loss, intersecting folds, overall wrinkling, and scattered light toning; Harrison’s signature is a choice, dark example. Accompanied by a custom-made presentation folder.
Anything signed by Harrison during his presidency is extremely rare, as he passed away just one month into his term. Appointments such as these are undoubtedly the most desirable presidential autographs and very rarely surface—this example has been in a private collection for over forty years. This appointment is also in better condition than usual and features an ideal, bold signature from the rarest president. A superb piece and cornerstone of any presidential collection.
Ex. Sotheby’s, June 11, 1974; sale 3655, lot 286. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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