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PRESIDENT JAMES BUCHANAN - FREE FRANK SIGNED 04/26 - HFSID 254650

JAMES BUCHANAN His Senatorial frank on a handwritten address leaf to a Pennsylvania legislator Address Leaf franked: "James Buchanan" as U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1 page, 9¾x7¾. "Free" added in another hand, most likely by a postal official.

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JAMES BUCHANAN
His Senatorial frank on a handwritten address leaf to a Pennsylvania legislator
Address Leaf franked: "James Buchanan" as U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, 1 page, 9¾x7¾. "Free" added in another hand, most likely by a postal official. Addressed by Buchanan to: "Benjamin Champneys Esq./Harrisburg/Penna". Postmarked "Washington City D.C. Apr 26" and lightly stamped "FREE". Docketed in unknown hand: "1844/26 April/Jas. Buchanan". At the Democratic National Convention held in Baltimore just a month later (May 27-30, 1844), Buchanan's name was placed in nomination for President. He received four votes on the first ballot. Polk ultimately received the nomination and after his election chose Buchanan as his Secretary of State (1845-1849). Buchanan had served in the Pennsylvania legislature (1814-1816), as a U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania (1821-1831) and U.S. Minister to Russia (1832-1833) before his election as a U.S. Senator (1834-1845). BENJAMIN CHAMPNEYS, who was a Pennsylvania State Senator at this time (1843-1846), also served as Deputy Attorney General of the Mayor's Court in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (1824-1830), Deputy Attorney General of Lancaster County (1830-1833), President-Judge of the Second Judicial District (1839-1842) and Attorney General of Pennsylvania (1846-1848). A Democrat like Buchanan, he became a Republican during the Civil War and again served in the State Senate (1864-1867). Folds, vertical fold touches the top of the "J" and the "m" of James. ½x1-inch diagonal hole at lower blank area from removal of red wax seal (remnant on verso). Tiny nick at upper blank edge, pinhead-sized hole (barely visible) at vertical fold to left of address. Irregular lower edge. Overall, fine condition.

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