GEORGE MADISON - AUTOGRAPH DOCUMENT SIGNED 11/13/1796 - HFSID 5462
Sale Price $198.00
Madison handwrote, dated and signed this receipt in 1796, while he was still Auditor for Public Records in Kentucky, for 11 shillings nine pence in past and current taxes and interest from a Franklin county parcel of land.
Autograph document signed: "George Madison", 7¾x4. Auditors Office, [Kentucky], November 13, 1796. In full: "Received of Saml. Meredith and George Clymer the Treasr. rect. for eleven shillings & nine pence for the arrears of tax &intt. on three hundred thirty three & 1/3 acres first rate land in Franklin County on the for the years 1792 and 1793 -". George Madison (1763-1816), the second cousin of President James Madison, served as the second Auditor of Public Accounts in Kentucky for 20 years. Appointed by Isaac Shelby, the state's first Governor, Madison, who was originally from Virginia, had been a Revolutionary War hero. When the War of 1812 broke out, Madison became a regimental commander under Colonel John Allen. Captured by the British, he was taken to Quebec. Later released in an exchange of officers, Madison returned to his duties as Auditor, but his popularity led to his election as Governor of Kentucky on September 5, 1816. Madison served only five weeks in office, dying on October 14, 1816. The state's first Governor to die in office, Madison's death created a legislative crisis in the state, whose legislators argued over whether the Lieutenant Governor should serve as Governor only until a special election could be held or should complete the deceased Governor's term; the legislature finally decided on the latter. Lightly toned and creased. Random ink stains. Upper left corner is slightly irregular. Folded once horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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