GOVERNOR DEWITT CLINTON - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 80820
Sale Price $180.00
DeWITT CLINTON. Signature: "DeWitt Clinton", 2½x¾, affixed to engraving, b/w, 6¼x10 overall, image 3½x4¼ (one surface). Image from a painting by C. Ingram; engraved by A.B. Durand. Facsimile signature beneath image. Imprinting at lower margin states that this image was engraved with permission of Congress in 1884. DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) filled a vacancy in the U.S. Senate, serving from February 9, 1802 to November 4, 1803, when he resigned to become Mayor of New York City (1803-1807, 1810-1811, 1813-1814). While Mayor,he organized the Historical Society of New York in 1804 and was its President. He also organized the Academy of Fine Arts in 1808. Lieutenant Governor of New York (1811-1813), he was the unsuccessful candidate of the Peace Party for President of the U.S. in 1812, losing to James Madison. Clinton was a member of the Commission to explore a route for a canal between Lake Erie and the Hudson River and was instrumental in the building of the Erie Canal, becoming Ground for the canal was broken while Clinton was Governor of New York (1817-1821, 1825-1828). Signature sheet is lightly creased and soiled. Horizontal fold touches the "D" of DeWitt. Engraving is lightly soiled at blank areas, chipped at upper blank edge (all paper intact). Overall, fine condition.
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