Lot #1008
James A. Garfield Document Signed as President

Rare presidential commission by James A. Garfield, signed just 16 days before he was shot by Guiteau

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Estimate: $10000+


Rare presidential commission by James A. Garfield, signed just 16 days before he was shot by Guiteau

Rare partly-printed DS as president, one page, 21 x 16, June 16, 1881. President Garfield appoints Daniel P. Foley as "Third Lieutenant in the Revenue Service of the United States." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President James A. Garfield and countersigned by Secretary of the Treasury William Windom. In very good to fine condition, with light staining to top edge and upper right corner areas. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA, a print of Garfield's 'Lawnfield' home, and a copy of a letter regarding the document by Garfield's biographer, John M. Taylor, in part: "I think that commissions such as yours are one of the rarest forms of Garfield's presidential autograph. If you recall, the Senate was at loggerheads with Garfield for most of his brief term, so little was acted on which required Senate consent." Unlike most Garfield documents signed as president (which are postal commissions and do not require Senate approval), this is the much rarer type of document which required Senate confirmation for the appointment. A very scarce presidential autograph signed by Garfield just weeks before he was shot by Charles Guiteau.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #649 - Ended December 07, 2022

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