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WILLIAM L. MARCY - SIGNATURE(S) - HFSID 300013

 
WILLIAM L. MARCY
The historical figure signs on a 4¼x1¾ slip
Signature: "W.L. Marcy", 4¼x1¾ slip. 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. Lightly toned. Vertical crease near right edge (lightly effecting signature). Ink note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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WILLIAM L. MARCY
Born: December 12, 1786 in Southbridge, Massachusetts
Died: July 4, 1857 in Ballston Spa, New York





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