Jurist (1732-1819) who served as the first governor of Maryland and was later appointed to the Supreme Court by George Washington, serving from 1792 to 1793. ADS, signed “T. Johnson, Jr.,” one page, 9.75 x 7, May 30, 1789. Thomas Johnson certifies that “by the Proceedings of this Council of the 27th January 1783, that Eight Hundred and fifty pounds of One thousand imposed by a Special Court of Oyer and Terminer held in July 1781, on Henry Newcomer of Washington County were remitted.” Signed at the conclusion by Johnson. In very good to fine condition, with paper loss to the edges, and some small old tape repairs on the back. A delegate to the Continental Congress and the first Governor of Maryland, Johnson also briefly served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court; his 163-day tenure was the shortest in U.S. history. The Manuscript Society notes that Johnson’s signature is among the rarest of all U.S. Supreme Court Justices.
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