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PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE - LAND GRANT SIGNED 03/01/1822 CO-SIGNED BY: JOSIAH MEIGS - HFSID 36954

JAMES MADISON; JOSIAH MEIGS As President and Land Office Commissioner, they assign 80 acres of land in Indiana to Moses Wiley Partial manuscript land grant signed "James Madison" as president and "Josiah Meigs" as Commissioner of the General Land Office, 16x10.

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JAMES MADISON; JOSIAH MEIGS
As President and Land Office Commissioner, they assign 80 acres of land in Indiana to Moses Wiley
Partial manuscript land grant signed "James Madison" as president and "Josiah Meigs" as Commissioner of the General Land Office, 16x10. Washington, 1822 March 1. In accord with the Act of Congress of April 24, 1820, Moses Wiley of Dearborn County, Indiana, having made full payment and filed the appropriate certificate, is granted ownership of 80 acres of land in the District of Brookville, State of Indiana. Wafer seal of the General Land Office affixed with red wax in lower left. MADISON (1751-1836, born in Port Conway, Virginia), 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. Ink faded. One horizontal fold. Nailhead-size hole on left side, on fold. Five vertical folds, one affecting "J" in signature another affecting "ro". Two nailhead-size hole on center vertical fold near bottom and middle. Creased. Uneven cut at bottom edge. ½x¼ inch piece missing at center left edge (no words). Lightly worn at edges. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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