HENRY DEARBORN. Stock Certificate signed: "H. Dearborn"
as President of A Republican Institution, 1p, 10x8, front and verso.
Boston, 1821 December 1. No. 251. In full: "Be It Known, That
Mr. Oliver Reed of Boston in the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth of
Massachusetts is the sole proprietor of One Share, viz: No. Two hundred fifty
one in A Republican Institution in the Town of Boston, subject to the By-Laws,
and such Rules and Regulations as may be adopted by the members at any meeting
legally holden for that purpose, which Share is transferable by endorsement to
be made agreeably to the 16th Article of the By-Laws." Also signed:
"Thaddeus Page" as Recording Secretary. Transferred in 1824 on
verso, which is signed by Reed. A Republican Institution was founded in 1819
as "a forum to promote political thought and discussion despite differences in
political affiliation for the good of the nation as a whole". It is
still believed to be in existence today. The year after this document was
signed, President James Monroe appointed Revolutionary War hero and former
U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts (1793-1797) Henry Dearborn
(1751-1829) as Minister to Portugal, a position he held for two years.
Dearborn, a physician, had organized a militia company in anticipation of war
with England. Upon hearing of the battle of Lexington, he led his men to Bunker
Hill in time to engage the enemy. Dearborn then accompanied General Benedict
Arnold to Canada and in the storming of Quebec was taken prisoner. After his
release, he distinguished himself in the Battles of Stillwater, Saratoga and
Monmouth and served on General Washington's staff during the siege of Yorktown.
Dearborn later served as President Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of War
(1801-1809) and was Collector for the Port of Boston until he again saw
service (this time not as meritorious) as a Major General in the War of 1812.
Fine, 2-inch diameter paper seal affixed at left, light blue ribbon threaded
vertically through paper beneath seal. Vignette of U.S. Seal at top center.
Folds, vertical fold touches the "D" of Dearborn. Lightly stained. Lightly
nicked edges. Overall, fine condition.
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MAJOR GENERAL HENRY DEARBORN
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