PRESIDENT JAMES MADISON - LAND GRANT SIGNED 12/20/1814 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSIAH MEIGS - HFSID 30978
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JAMES MADISON and JOSIAH MEIGS
Land grant for a section of land in Southwestern Ohio, dated 1814. Signed by Madison and Commissioner of the General Land Office, Meigs
Land Grant signed: "James Madison", "Josiah Meigs", 13½x8¾. December 20, 1814. Land grant for a section of land in the vicinity of southwestern Ohio. In part: "Know ye, that Robert Corbet of Coshocton County, OHIO, having deposited in the General Land Office, a certificate of the Register of the Land-office at Zanesville, whereby it appears that full payment has been made for the southwest quarter of section Nineteen of township Six in range Four of the unappropriated Zanesville ...". JAMESMADISON (1751-1836), America's fourth President (1809-1817), had a mixed record as chief executive, suffering the indignity of having his White House burned by British troops, but his contribution to American liberty is enormous. A veteran of the Virginia legislature and the Continental Congress, Madison earned the sobriquet "Father of the Constitution" for his role in the shaping of that document. (His thorough notes on the Constitutional Convention, deliberately withheld until 1840 when all participants were dead, is our principal source of information on its debates) He wrote at least 26 of the "Federalist Papers", the lucid expositions on the advantages of a federal system, which proved invaluable in securing the ratification of the Constitution in the state conventions by demonstrating that individual rights could be protected within a strong federal government. He was equally responsible, as a Congressional leader, for adoption of the Bill of Rights. As leader of the emerging Democratic-Republican Party in the federal Congress, and as Secretary of State (1801-1809) as well as President, he was among the most important of the "Founding Fathers." MEIGS (1757-1822, born in Middletown, Connecticut), the Commissioner of the General Land Office, encouraged the use of meteorological registers in each of the land offices. He was also well known as an attorney, an editor and a professor of mathematics and philosophy. Multiple folds. Toned, esp. on outer margins. Irregular bottom edge. Light surface creases. Corners lightly worn and creased. Small tear on top right corner. Heavily soiled on right margin. Seal affixed to lower left corner faded. Signatures faint, but legible. Water damage present. Holes in center where folds meet. Ink notes (unknown hand) on verso.
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