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Early American jurist (1732-1810) who was one of the original five associate justices of the United States Supreme Court; he was the last judge in the United States to wear a full wig. Extremely rare ALS signed “Wm. Cushing,” one page both sides, 7.5 x 9, November 9, 1790. Handwritten letter to "The honourable James Iredell, Esqr., one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of the Uni…

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LS as secretary of state, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page, 8 x 9.75, June 17, 1790. Addressed from New York, a letter to Pennsylvania President and fellow Founding Father Thomas Mifflin, in full: "I have the honor to send you herein inclosed two copies duly authenticated of the Resolution respecting the arrears of pay due to the troops of the lines of the States of Virginia and North…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “J. Q. Adams,” one page, 13.25 x 17, March 21, 1826. President Adams appoints William M. Hunter as "a Master Commandant in the Navy in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by President Adams and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Samuel L. Southard. The white Navy Department seal affixed at the bottom remains ful…

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ALS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, March 25, 1843. Addressed from the Hermitage, a handwritten letter to Pennsylvania Senator and future American President James Buchanan, in full: "You will perceive from the inclosed that I have been obliged to use an amanuensis. My debility is so great & my eyesight so much impaired, that often I cannot write for days, and I hope this will be a sufficient excuse f…

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 13.5 x 16.75, May 18, 1847. President Polk appoints Robert G. Beale as "a Captain in the Fourteenth Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by President Polk and countersigned by Secretary of War William L. Marcy. The crisply embossed white War Department seal affixed to the upper left remains intact. In …

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Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 14.5 x 17.75, October 13, 1855. President Pierce appoints Leonard Paulding as a "Lieutenant in the Navy‚Ķin the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by President Pierce and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy James C. Dobbin. The orange Navy Department seal affixed at the bottom remains fully intact. In fine condition. Paulding…

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ADS, signed in the third-person, "Abraham Lincoln," and at the conclusion, “A. Lincoln,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 12, October 3, 1856. Lengthy handwritten affidavit by Lincoln, filed with the "Supreme Court of the State of Illinois, Second Grand Division," concerning the disposition of a contested estate. In part: "Abraham Lincoln, being first duly sworn, states on oath that at the…

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Civil War-dated ALS as president signed “A. Lincoln,” one page, 5 x 8, Executive Mansion letterhead, March 31, 1864. Short letter to Vice President Hannibal Hamlin, in full: "Yours of this date is received, and the subject of it shall be attended to." The letter is affixed inside a presentation folder. In very good to fine condition, with lightly trimmed edges, soft creasing, and some…

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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, January 29, 1862. President Lincoln appoints Capt. William A. Phillips an additional aide-de-camp of General McClellan, specifying that he is being detailed to serve “with the army in Kansas under Brigadier General James H. Lane with the rank of Captain.” Signed neatly at the conclusion by Lincoln, and boldly countersigned by Secretary…

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Rare Civil War-dated pamphlet entitled “The Opinions of Abraham Lincoln Upon Slavery and Its Issues: Indicated by His Speeches, Letters, Messages, and Proclamations,” 16 pages, 6.25 x 9.75, printed in 1864 by L. Towers “for the Union Congressional Committee.” This historic pamphlet contains 23 printed references containing Lincoln’s thoughts and views on the subject …

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Pamphlet entitled “Evening Journal Tracts—No. 5, National Politics,” 15 pages, 5.75 x 9, published by the Albany Evening Journal in February 1860, which opens with the “Speech of Abraham Lincoln, of Illinois, Delivered at the Cooper Institute, Monday, February 27, 1860.” Lincoln was not yet the Republican nominee for the presidency when he delivered the Cooper Union …

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Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 10, February 17, 1869. President Johnson authorizes and directs the Secretary of State to affix "the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the pardon of David T. Phillips and William H. Norton." Signed neatly at the conclusion by Andrew Johnson. In fine condition, with faint toning to the edges and folds, and a small tear to the upper right corne…

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Citizens National Bank of Washington City check, 7.25 x 2.75, filled out in another hand and signed by President U. S. Grant, payable to Dr. James Bushman for $90, April 4, 1876. The check is professionally inlaid into the second page of a custom-made 10.5 x 13.75 presentation folder, which also includes an engraving of Grant and an ALS from his son Frederick Dent Grant, dated December 21, 1895, …

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Executive Mansion card, 4.25 x 2.75, signed nicely in black ink by William McKinley. In fine condition, with uniform light toning. An attractive autograph of the 25th POTUS.

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Two signed items, including: a historically significant TLS, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, March 22, 1972, to Mrs. Margot L. Chadwell, in part: "I was pleased to have your letter of March 12, which I read with special interest and all the more so since you consider that by my decision regarding the atom bomb, your husband's life was spared. I appreciate your wanting to share with me your personal ex…

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Two extraordinary items: a choice matte-finish 9.5 x 7.75 photo of Truman holding up the iconic 'Dewey Defeats Truman' issue of the Chicago Tribune, signed in fountain pen, "Trib elect Dewey for one day! It didn't stick. Harry S. Truman, 5/16/60"; and a unique Ritepoint Table-Desk Roman Classic cigarette lighter featuring a small image of Truman inside, signed and inscribed on the box…

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Desirable vintage matte-finish 11 x 14 portrait of Truman by Pach Bros. of New York, signed and inscribed in fountain pen to the studio's director, "Kindest regards to Alfred Pach, Harry S. Truman.” In fine condition, with a few small creases, and a light paperclip impression to the top edge.

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Brick removed from the White House during the expansive renovations undertaken by Harry S. Truman, measuring approximately 8 x 4 x 2.75, and weighing 4.55 lbs, with varying amounts of mortar to the sides. Includes a small plaque with a presidential seal, reading: "Original White House Material, Removed in 1950." In fine condition, with expected wear. Accompanied by the original cardboard shipping…

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Signed book: Profiles in Courage: Memorial Edition. NY: Harper and Row, 1964. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.25, 287 pages. Signed neatly on the half-title page in black ballpoint by Jacqueline Kennedy. Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/VG, with some rubbing and edgewear to jacket, and a price-clipped front flap. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from Beckett Authenti…

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Noteworthy union of an ALS and two partial autograph letters (one signed) from John F. Kennedy during his tenure as a Massachusetts Senator, eight total pages, 5.25 x 6.75 and 6.25 x 9.25, dating to 1955 and 1956, each penned on United States Senate letterhead and addressed to Gunilla von Post, a Swedish aristocrat Kennedy had met by chance in Cannes, France in the summer of 1953, just weeks befor…

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JFK's 1935 Choate senior year portrait photograph inscribed in fountain pen, signed "Ken" his nickname in his yearbook to one of his best friends Lem Billings who would have a room at the White House and remained a best friend to Kennedy his entire life. Also signed by the photographer. Earliest known signed photograph of JFK. Sepia matte-finish 5.75″ x 9.5″ image in frame.

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Extremely rare first photograph of President Kennedy with his cabinet taken Jan. 27, 1961 with signatures of the President and all 12 cabinet members: Signatures include John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Adlai Stevenson, Robert S. McNamara, Dean Rusk, Arthur J. Goldberg, J. Edward Day, Orville Freeman, Abraham A. Ribicoff, Luther H. Hodges, C. Douglas Dillon, and Stewart L. Ud…

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Yousuf Karsh portrait print inscribed by both President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, 2-6-61: Original photograph taken in 1957 when JFK was still a senator. Stunning 17″ x 22″ color Yousuf Karsh photographic print captioned "The President and Mrs. John Fitzgerald Kennedy" Repackaged from the original 1957 image by "Karsh of Ottawa." Signed and inscribed in black ink by J…

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JFK’s original 3-page handwritten draft for his speech, announcing his intention to run for the Presidency in 1960. JFK writes on North Ocean Boulevard Palm Beach, Florida stationary, also included three additional typed pages with JFK annotated revisions, as well as a third draft of two typed pages with additional JFK hand revisions including the famous line that ended this announcement, "…

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