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PRESIDENT JAMES A. GARFIELD - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/05/1881 - HFSID 295428

The President signs a warrant authorizing the Secretary of State to place the US seal on a congratulatory message to the new Kingdom of Romania. Signatures by Garfield as President are extremely rare, this one penned less than two months before he was shot.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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JAMES GARFIELD The President signs a warrant authorizing the Secretary of State to place the US seal on a congratulatory message to the new Kingdom of Romania. Signatures by Garfield as President are extremely rare, this one penned less than two months before he was shot. Presidential Warrant signed: "James A. Garfield" as President, 8x10, matted with a photograph of Garfield (with facsimile signature) to an overall size of 18½x15. Washington, D.C., 1881 May 5. In full: "I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to an envelope containing my reply to the letter of King Charles of Romania, announcing the erection of Romania into a Kingdom &c, &c. dated this day, and signed by me; and for so doing this shall be his warrant." James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) rose to the rank of Major General in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, participating in the battles of Shiloh and Chickamauga, before resigning his commission to take a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives (1863-1880). A political moderate, Garfield was the compromise choice of a deadlocked Republican Convention in 1880, nominated on the 36th ballot and elected President by a narrow margin. Garfield's assassination by a disappointed office seeker helped advance the cause of civil service reform which he had advocated. Shot on July 2 1881, Garfield died on September 19, only 200 days into his term. Signatures of Garfield as President, are thus extremely rare. Coming to power in a coup d'état in 1866, German Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen replaced elected ruler Prince Alexander John Cuza, and became known as Prince Carol I. Following Romania's participation in the defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the Russo-Turkish War, the principality was raised to a kingdom, with King Carol ruling until his death in 1914. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Toned at edges. Affixed to matting. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.

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