ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DAVID D. DAVIS - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/15/1836 - HFSID 76212
Sale Price $450.00
Just out of Yale Law School, he signs instructions for the Court Clerk to issue a summons in an Illinois civil case (1836).
Autograph Document signed: D Davis for the Ct", 7½x6¼.Tazewell County, Illinois, 1836 April 15. In full: "For the May Term of the/Tazewll Circuit Court for 1836/Murray McConnello/vs/Nathan Cromwell [illegible phrase] $200/The Clerk will please issue summons/returnable to the next Term of the Circuit Court." Docketed on verso. Filed 1836 April 15. From 1848 to 1862, Davis (1815-1886) presided over the renowned Eighth Judicial Circuit in Illinois, famous because Abraham Lincoln practiced in its courts. An intimate of Lincoln (they often bunked together when traveling the circuit), Davis successfully managed Lincoln's campaign to secure the Republican nomination for the presidency in Chicago in 1860. Davis was appointed by President Lincoln as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1862, serving until he resigned in 1877 to become Senator from Illinois (1877-1883). This document dates from the very beginning of Davis' legal career. He had only just graduated with a law degree from Yale in 1835. Not yet a judge, he was presumably clerking for one of the circuit court judges. Horizontal fold crease affecting entire signature. Toned and lightly soiled. Minor show-through from ink on verso. Ragged at lower edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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