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Rare Ulysses S. Grant Signature on 1874 Presidential Pardon

$ 2,575.00

Your chance to own a unique piece of American history, offered here is an original Presidential Document signed by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885). This vintage 8 x 10 document, dated August 7, 1874, is a Presidential Pardon ordering Secretary of State, Hamilton Fish ( and former Governor and Senator of New York), to "affix the Seal of the United States to a Warrant for the unconditional pardon of Alexander Burghardt," who had been arrested for larceny. Grants dark signature comes in black fountain ink and highlights his iconic, flowing style. It grades Mint condition; a finer example could not possibly exist.

We have paired this rare, official pardon document with the perfect 19th Century steel engraving portrait of the President. The image, taken from an original painting by Alonzo Chappel, 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. Professionally framed and double matted, it has been placed under ultraviolet protected plexiglass for additional protection. We also placed this Pardon in archival, clear Mylar for additional "safekeeping". Overall dimensions are 18"x25".

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.

Nineteenth Century Presidential pardons are rare, especially those signed by Lincoln and Grant. (Lincolns often command over 10,000.00). These seldom come to the marketplace and of course their significance cannot be overstated. Extremely attractive with elegant writing and the finest President Grant signature makes this one a very special piece of 19th Century Presidential memorabilia. One can only imagine the circumstances surrounding this crime, and further, what occurred subsequently to cause the President of the United States to pardon this man. A fascinating story indeed.

Simply a great piece of history and guaranteed to lead to many discussions from those who view it.

Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Brigandi Coins and Collectibles of New York City, a leader in collectibles since 1959.


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