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Rare President Andrew Jackson Signed Free Frank - Circa Late 1830s

$ 2,100.00

This interesting item was signed by our Seventh President, Andrew Jackson (1767-1845). It is known as a "Free Frank", autographed on a mailing envelope.

A "Free Frank, as it is known, was a benefit afforded to U.S. Presidents prior to the first half of the 19th Century(to our knowledge none exist of President Lincoln for example). By simply signing his name to an envelope that was to be mailed, a sitting or former President was afforded the courtesy of not having to affix a postage stamp to that piece of out-going mail. In simpler terms, Free Postage.

The term has its genesis in England where such was a common practice afforded to Members of Parliament (and Archbishops ) in the 1700s and ending by the mid-1800s when an Act of Parliament outlawed the privilege due to its excessive abuse.

Born into poverty, Andrew Jackson studied law on his own and would go on to become one of the most successful lawyers in Tennessee. A major general in the War of 1812, Jackson became a national hero when he defeated the British at the Battle of New Orleans. Jacksons national fame as a military hero made him Americas most influential figure and polarizing politician during the 1820s and 1830s. In the 1924 Presidential election, Jackson narrowly lost to John Quincy Adams but returned four years later to defeat Adams in the election of 1828 to become the nations seventh President (1829-1837). As Jackson revamped American politics, he and his supporters developed the new Democratic Party.

This gorgeous display has been professionally matted and framed and features a 19th Century steel engraving depicting Andrew Jackson. Below the engraving is Jacksons mint condition signature. The word "Free" can be seen in front of Jacksons autograph, and his writing and autograph could not be darker, having signed it in black fountain pen. It's simply amazing that it has not faded.

What better way to show off such an important piece of Presidential history? Overall size is approximately 9 x 12 inches .

One spectacular piece of memorabilia and the first Jackson Free Frank we've owned. Accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from the Brigandi Coin and Collectibles Company of New York City, a leader in collectibles since 1959.

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