Lot #8088
U. S. Grant

Extremely rare cabinet appointment by President Grant, naming Edwards Pierrepont as Attorney General
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Extremely rare cabinet appointment by President Grant, naming Edwards Pierrepont as Attorney General

Important partly-printed DS as president, one page, 22 x 18, April 26, 1875. President Grant appoints Edwards Pierrepont "to be Attorney General of the United States." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Grant and countersigned by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. The white seal affixed to the lower left remains intact but discolored. In very good to fine condition, with an old tape stain to the lower right and clear tape on the back of the intersecting fold separations.

Pierrepont famously prosecuted Lincoln assassination conspirator John H. Surratt, who was set free by a hung jury. Pierrepont became an outspoken supporter of Grant in his reelection campaign of 1872, and was rewarded by the president with this appointment as US Attorney General in 1875. In this position, Pierrepont reformed federal departments in the South, ruled on naturalization and fraud, and prosecuted the controversial 'Whiskey Ring.' To change his cabinet coalition in 1876, President Grant removed Pierrepont as attorney general and appointed him as minister to Great Britain. A scarce and significant cabinet appointment from a sitting US president.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Presidents
  • Dates: February 11 - February 18

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