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WILLIAM L. MARCY. Signature: "Yours respectful-/ly -/W.L. Marcy", 3x2, cut from letter, affixed to 4¾x3 card William Learned Marcy (1786-1857) served as U.S. Senator from New York (1831-1832), Governor of New York (1833-1839), Polk's Secretary of War (1845-1849) and Pierce's Secretary of State (1853-1857). As Secretary of State, Marcy, who would be instrumental in opening trade with Japan, negotiated twenty-four treaties, including the important Gadsden Treaty with Mexico and the Reciprocity Treaty with Great Britain, and pacts with the Netherlands, Denmark and the Argentine Confederation in addition to Peru. In 1832, he had commented "To the victors belong the spoils" justifying the replacement of defeated party government workers with those of the victorious party, coining the term "spoils system". Irregularly cut. Stained, touching signature, which is completely legible. Show through of ink on verso. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: December 12, 1786 in Southbridge, Massachusetts
Died: July 4, 1857 in Ballston Spa, New York

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