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Madison handwrote, dated and signed this receipt in 1796, while he was still Auditor for Public Records in Kentucky, for £1/11/8½ in land tax
Autograph document signed: "George Madison", 7¾x4¼. Auditors Office, [Kentucky], November 13, 1796. In full: "Rec. of Samuel Meredith by John Brown the Treasurers rect. for One pounds eleven shillings & eight pence half penny the amt. of arrears of tax & int. on Six hundred & sixty seven Acres 2d rate land and Six thousand six hundred & forty four acres 3rd rate Land in Clarke, Bourbon, Campbell & Franklin Counties for the years 1792 and 1793". George Madison (1763-1816), the second cousin of President James Madison, served as the second Auditor of Public Accounts in Kentucky for 20 years. Appointed by Isaac Shelby, the state's first Governor, Madison, who was originally from Virginia, had been a Revolutionary War hero. When the War of 1812 broke out, Madison became a regimental commander under Colonel John Allen. Captured by the British, he was taken to Quebec. Later released in an exchange of officers, Madison returned to his duties as Auditor, but his popularity led to his election as Governor of Kentucky on September 5, 1816. Madison served only five weeks in office, dying on October 14, 1816. The state's first Governor to die in office, Madison's death created a legislative crisis in the state, whose legislators argued over whether the Lieutenant Governor should serve as Governor only until a special election could be held or should complete the deceased Governor's term; the legislature finally decided on the latter. Lightly toned and creased. Random ink stains. Lower right corner has been folded over slightly. Folded once horizontally and vertically and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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