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Signature of the US Senator, Governor and member of two Presidential Cabinets
Signature: "W. L. Marcy", 6¼x8¾. William L. 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". He was a leader of the "Hunker" faction of the Democratic Party, which sought compromise on the slavery issue. Marcy's loss to William Seward in the gubernatorial election of 1838 represented a fundamental shift in New York politics. Toned. Right edge worn and creased from binding. Left corners notched. All corners worn. Faint staining throughout. Otherwise, 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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