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In the year of the Louisiana Purchase, both the President and the Secretary of State sign this grant of land in the new State of Ohio
Land Grant signed: "Th. Jefferson" as President, "James Madison" as Secretary of State, 1 page, 13¼x10½. Washington, D.C., November 3, 1803. Document bears a large blind-embossed seal in the lower left-hand corner. In accordance with the Act of Congress providing for the sale of lands in the territory northwest of the Ohio River and above the mouth of the Kentucky, and determining that Benjamin Stanton has made full payment for a specified section of land there, the land is granted to Stanton, his heirs and assigns forever. Stanton's payment was deposited at the land office in Steubenville, in the new State of Ohio. Ohio became the 17th State in 1803 on either February 19, when Congress approved Ohio's constitution, or March 1, the date celebrated by the state of Ohio as the day its legislature first met. THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826) served as third U.S. President from 1801 to 1809. A former delegate to the Continental Congress from Virginia (1775-1776, 1783-1784), Jefferson drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence (1776). He then served as Governor of Virginia (1779-1781) and as a member of Virginia's state legislature (1782). Named U.S. Minister to France in 1785, Jefferson remained abroad until 1789, when he was asked by George Washington to be his Secretary of State (1790-1793). Jefferson then served as Vice President under John Adams (1797-1801) until being elected President. A man of many talents, Jefferson has been called "the Sage of Monticello" and "the Father of the University of Virginia". JAMES MADISON (1751-1836), America's fourth President (1809-1817), had a mixed record as chief executive, suffering the indignity of having his White House burned by British troops, but his contribution to American liberty is enormous. A veteran of the Virginia legislature and the Continental Congress, Madison earned the sobriquet "Father of the Constitution" for his role in the shaping of the document.  In fact, his thorough notes on the Constitutional Convention, deliberately withheld until 1840 when all participants were dead, is our principal source of information on its debates. He wrote at least 26 of the "Federalist Papers", the lucid expositions on the advantages of a federal system. The papers proved invaluable in securing the ratification of the Constitution in the state conventions as they demonstrated that individual rights could be protected within a strong federal government. He was equally responsible, as a Congressional leader, for adoption of the Bill of Rights. As leader of the emerging Democratic-Republican Party in the federal Congress, and as Secretary of State (1801-1809) as well as President, he was among the most important of the "Founding Fathers." Multiple mailing folds. Creased and toned. Paper seal near bottom left edge. Corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition. NOT FRAMED IN GALLERY OF HISTORY STYLE.

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Born: Circa 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia
Died: July 4, 1826 in Charlottesville, Virginia

Born: March 16, 1751 in Port Conway, Virginia Colony
Died: June 28, 1836 in Orange, Virginia

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