PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON - LAND GRANT SIGNED 04/06/1829 - HFSID 253277
Sale Price $2,380.00
ANDREW JACKSON and GEORGE GRAHAM. Partly Printed DS: "Andrew Jackson" as seventh U.S. President, 1p, 15x9. Washington, 1829 April 6. On vellum. In part: "Whereas William Renshaw of Sangemo County Illinois has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Springfield, whereby it appears that full payment has been made by said William Renshaw according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820 entitled 'An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands' for the East half of the North West quarter of Section Twentynine; in Township fifteen, north of range five; West, in the District of Lands offered for Sale at Springfield, containing Eighty acres ...." Countersigned: "Geo. Graham" as Commissioner of the General Land Office. 2-inch diameter paper seal affixed at lower left with red wax. This land grant to William Renshaw of Illinois was made just a month after Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) had been elected to his first term as seventh President of the U.S. (1829-1837). Issues of granting land would eventually haunt Jackson, as the excessive speculation and abuses associated with it during his two terms, resulted in Jackson's Specie Circular in 1837. The circular required government agencies to accept only gold and silver for payment for public lands. The order shocked the Western states because speculators there had been buying land with "cheap" paper money. The circular ended land speculation helped bring on the economic panic that struck shortly before Jackson's term. Appointed to the General Land Office in 1823, GEORGE GRAHAM served as Commissioner until his death in 1830. Graham, Chief Clerk in the War Department, had served as Secretary of War ad interim under Madison (October 22, 1816 to March 3, 1817) and Monroe (March 4, 1817 to December 9, 1817). Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold touches the lower portion of the beginning of the "A" in Andrew. Rippled beneath seal. Stained at vertical folds and at upper blank and lower margins, touching the "G" in Geo. and the "G" and "h" of Graham. Lightly soiled at some lines of text (all legible). Chipped at upper blank edge, lower right corner torn off. Overall, fine condition.
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