Lot #8097
James A. Garfield

Rare presidential commission by James Garfield, boasting a crisp, clean signature
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Estimate: $7500+


Rare presidential commission by James Garfield, boasting a crisp, clean signature

Rare partly-printed DS as president, one page, 17 x 14, May 16, 1881. President Garfield appoints Edwin F. Tomlinson as "Postmaster at Plainville, in the County of Hartford, State of Connecticut." Crisply signed at the conclusion by President Garfield and countersigned by Postmaster General Thomas L. James. The gold foil seal and red ribbon affixed to the lower left remain intact. In fine condition, with a few small stains. When President Garfield took office, the Post Office Department was the largest department in the federal government and highly prone to corruption. He made purging the Post Office of malfeasance a primary focus of his administration, leading to the dismissal and appointment of new postmasters around the United States. Because of Garfield's brief tenure in the White House, his presidential documents are exceedingly scarce. This example is elevated by its fine appearance and prominently penned signature.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Presidents
  • Dates: #603 - Ended February 18, 2021

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