Rare log book kept by House of Representatives Clerk Walter S. Franklin for the 23rd US Congress, which opened on December 2, 1833, signed inside by over 240 members of the House to certify the number of miles they traveled to attend, including “David Crockett,” “James K. Polk,” “J. Q. Adams,” “Frank’n Pierce,” and “M: Fillmore.” Other notable signers include Cave Johnson, Philemon Dickerson, Benjamin Hardin, John Bell, John Blair, Henry A. Muhlenberg, John Y. Mason, John M. Patton, Henry A. Wise, Henry L. Pinckney, Rufus Choate, Edward Everett, John Ewing, C. C. Clay, Levi Lincoln, Joseph Trumbull, Benjamin Gorham, John Reed, Jabez Huntington, and others. In fine condition.
These signatures were collected in order to reimburse the congressmen for their travel expenses, with most dated December 2, 1833. Crockett, representing Tennessee’s 12th district, traveled 1000 miles to get to Washington, where he found a divided and largely ineffective Congress. During his term Crockett spent much of his time collaborating with Kentucky Congressman Thomas Chilton to write his autobiography, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, Written by Himself, which was published in 1834. After barely losing a hotly contested reelection campaign, Crockett left Washington for Texas, where he took part in the Texas Revolution and was killed at the Battle of the Alamo. An extremely scarce autograph of a great American folk hero, enhanced by the presence of multiple presidents and scores of other politicians. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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