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HENRY DEARBORN. Stock Certificate signed: "H. Dearborn" as President of A Republican Institution, 1p, 10x8, front and verso. Boston, 1821 December 1. No. 251. In full: "Be It Known, That Mr. Oliver Reed of Boston in the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the sole proprietor of One Share, viz: No. Two hundred fifty one in A Republican Institution in the Town of Boston, subject to the By-Laws, and such Rules and Regulations as may be adopted by the members at any meeting legally holden for that purpose, which Share is transferable by endorsement to be made agreeably to the 16th Article of the By-Laws." Also signed: "Thaddeus Page" as Recording Secretary. Transferred in 1824 on verso, which is signed by Reed. A Republican Institution was founded in 1819 as "a forum to promote political thought and discussion despite differences in political affiliation for the good of the nation as a whole". It is still believed to be in existence today. The year after this document was signed, President James Monroe appointed Revolutionary War hero and former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts (1793-1797) Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) as Minister to Portugal, a position he held for two years. Dearborn, a physician, had organized a militia company in anticipation of war with England. Upon hearing of the battle of Lexington, he led his men to Bunker Hill in time to engage the enemy. Dearborn then accompanied General Benedict Arnold to Canada and in the storming of Quebec was taken prisoner. After his release, he distinguished himself in the Battles of Stillwater, Saratoga and Monmouth and served on General Washington's staff during the siege of Yorktown. Dearborn later served as President Thomas Jefferson's Secretary of War (1801-1809) and was Collector for the Port of Boston until he again saw service (this time not as meritorious) as a Major General in the War of 1812. Fine, 2-inch diameter paper seal affixed at left, light blue ribbon threaded vertically through paper beneath seal. Vignette of U.S. Seal at top center. Folds, vertical fold touches the "D" of Dearborn. Lightly stained. Lightly nicked edges. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: February 23, 1751 in North Hampton, New Hampshire
Died: June 6, 1829 in Roxbury, Massachusetts

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