PRESIDENT ANDREW JACKSON - PATENT SIGNED 07/01/1836 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN FORSYTH, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BUTLER - HFSID 283909
Sale Price $6,800.00
Jackson's bold signature on a 1836 patent for an improved machine to make ship's thimbles, also signed by Secretary of State Forsyth and Attorney General Butler. Accompanied by a 3-page handwritten description of the device by the inventor, Prentice White.
Patent signed: "Andrew Jackson" as President, "John Forsyth" as Secretary of State, "B. F. Butler" as Attorney General, 1 page, 11½x15½. Washington, D.C., 1836 July 1. Patent issued to Prentice White for [in part] "a new and useful improvement in the Machine for making Ship's Thimbles which improvements he states has not been known or used before his application; [White] hath made oath that he does verily believe that he is the true inventor or discoverer of the said improvement; hath paid into the treasury of the United States the sum of thirty dollars." Archivally double matted and framed with a seated portrait and a biographical plaque, to an overall size of 29.5 x 25.25. In fine condition, with light intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, and some scattered light toning and soiling. The white paper seal is lightly toned and worn, but intact, and retains its original green ribbon. Accompanied by Autograph Manuscript signed in text, "I Prentice White", 3 pages, 11x13¾. In part: "Be it known that I Prentice White of Yarmouth in the county of Barnstable and State of Massachusetts Blacksmith, have invented a new and useful improvement in the machinery for making ships thimbles, and that the following is a full and exact description of the construction and operation of the machine as invented or improved by me viz: It consists of a bench, horned anvil, and hammer or sledge with appurtenances." The sheets have previous storage folds, and scattered toning, but are in otherwise fine condition. ANDREW JACKSON (1767-1845), the 7th President of the United States (1829-1837) was the last President to have served in the Revolutionary War. He led US military forces in many battles with American Indians of the Southeast, and became a national hero by defeating the British Army at the Battle of New Orleans (1815). Twice a US Senator from Tennessee (1797-1798, 1823-1825), he is remembered as a strong President who championed national unity. While some of his policies were controversial, such as the forcible removal of Indian populations on the "Trail of Tears," his advocacy of popular participation in government shaped the modern Democratic Party. JOHN FORSYTH served as Jackson's and Van Buren's Secretary of State from July 1, 1834 until March 3, 1841. He had previously served as U.S. Representative (1813-1818, 1823-1827), U.S. Senator (1818-1819, 1829-1834) and Governor of Georgia (1827-1829). As U.S. Minister to Spain, Forsyth gained King Ferdinand VII's ratification of the Treaty of 1819, which ceded Florida to the United States. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BUTLER (1795-1858) a former member of the New York State Assembly (1827-1833), served as Attorney General under Presidents Jackson and Van Buren (1833-1838). In 1836-1837, he served concurrently as Secretary of War. Following his term, he was U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1838-1841, 1845-1848). Presidential documents countersigned by two Cabinet members are rare and desirable. Two items. Framed to an overall size of 29x25.
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