Rare 1874 Ulysses S. Grant Signed Arrest Warrant
Your chance to own a unique piece of American history, offered is an original Presidential Document signed by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885). This vintage document, dated July 21, 1874, orders the Secretary of State, Hamilton Fish (and former Governor and Senator of New York), to "affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant of Arrest for a "fugitive of justice of the United States". In black fountain pen ink, Grant has rendered his classic, flamboyant signature to this official document.
In a celebrated case, this individual was accused of murder in the "Washington Territory" of the United States and fled to British Columbia. He was eventually captured by that Canadian government and extradited to the United States per this executive order. The British Columbia government submitted a bill of $2,700 to the United States for their services in the capture and incarceration of the fugitive - a staggering amount of money for the time! (Please see photos for correspondence and invoice)
This is the first Presidential Warrant we have owned or seen; they are significantly scarcer than the typical pardons. It remains in its original, perfect condition, free of rips, tears, foxing or other detracting issues.
We paired this official Presidential document with a 19th century steel engraving portrait of President Grant. The image, taken from an original oil painting, features a seated President Grant in his office with the Capitol Building in the background. It measures approximately 6 x 8 and was printed by Johnson, Fry & Company of New York.
After a successful military career in which he defeated the Confederate Army in the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant turned to politics. Serving as the 18th President of the United States, Grant successfully ran for President in 1868 and served two terms from 1869-1877. His tenure, unfortunately, was filled with a number of scandals, but also quite successful in bringing about the Reconstruction of the South and enforcement of new slavery laws. He was a West Point graduate, class of 1843, served in the Mexican-American War and accepted General Lee's surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse in April, 1865, ending the bloodiest war in this country's history.
Professionally framed in cherry wood and double matted, it has been placed under ultraviolet protected plexiglass for additional protection. We also placed the document itself in clear mylar for additional "safekeeping". Overall dimensions are 21"x 18". Extremely attractive with elegant writing and the classic President Grant signature makes this one a very special piece of 19th Century Presidential memorabilia.
It's significance cannot be overstated. This was a fugitive warrant from the President of the United States for a capital crime! One can only imagine the circumstances surrounding this murder. Simply a great piece of history and guaranteed to lead to many discussions. If you are a collector of historical items, this one is perfect for you.