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JOHN Y. MASON - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: ISAAC TOUCEY - HFSID 320755

JOHN Y. MASON and ISAAC TOUCEY Signatures of two Democrats who held Cabinet posts under Presidents Tyler, Polk and Buchanan Signatures: "J. Y. Mason", I Toucey", 6¼x8¾. JOHN Y.

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JOHN Y. MASON and ISAAC TOUCEY
Signatures of two Democrats who held Cabinet posts under Presidents Tyler, Polk and Buchanan
Signatures: "J. Y. Mason", I Toucey", 6¼x8¾. JOHN Y. MASON (1799-1859), a state's rights Democrat, represented Virginia in the US House of Representatives (1831-1837), serving as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Appointed a US District Court judge by President Van Buren in 1841, he served in the Cabinets of Presidents Tyler and Polk as Secretary of the Navy (1844-1845 and 1846-1849) and Attorney General (1845-1846). He was President of the Virginia Constitutional Convention (1851), and US Minister to France (1853-1859). While abroad he co-authored, with fellow US ambassadors James Buchanan and Pierre Soulé the notorious Ostend Manifesto (1854), which advised President Pierce to buy Cuba from Spain, but to seize the island by force if Spain refused to sell it. (Mason and Buchanan had believed the document would be kept secret; its publication caused a furor in the North and in Europe.) ISAAC TOUCEY (1792-1869) was Secretary of the Navy during Buchanan's entire presidential term. After he left office in 1861, Toucey was charged with favoring the cause of the seceding states by deliberately sending some of the best vessels of the Navy to distant seas to prevent their being used against the Confederates. Although he denied the charge, but it was generally thought that he sympathized with the South and opposed prosecution of the war. Toucey received votes for the Presidential nomination at the 1860 Democratic Party Convention in Baltimore. Binding marks on left margin. Toned. Bottom right corner notched. Corners worn. Light surface creases. Slightly soiled on frotn and verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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