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#39 - James A. Garfield

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Garfield promotes a frontier photographer of the Pacific Northwest
Description                           Estimate: $6,000+          

Rare partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 15.5 x 19.75, May 14, 1881. President Garfield appoints Lorenzo Lorain as a "Major in the First Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by Garfield, and countersigned by Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln. In fine condition. After a short posting at Fort Walla Walla in the Washington Territory, Lorenzo Lorain was re-assigned to Oregon's Fort Umpqua in the fall of 1857. It was there where Lorain became one of the earliest photographers to work in the Pacific Northwest. During his tour of duty, Lorain produced a series of rare photographs of Portland, Oregon City, Fort Umpqua, Camp Day, and of various Native peoples living on the Siletz reservation and in the Klamath region. Lorain died of Bright's disease less than a year after this promotion. Presidential appointments by Garfield are extremely scarce, as he actively served just four months as president; having taken the office in March 1881, he was shot on July 2 and passed away in September. An exemplary Garfield document from his brief term as executive.

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