PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE - LAND GRANT SIGNED 10/01/1823 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE GRAHAM - HFSID 31442
Sale Price $1,105.00
JAMES MONROE and GEORGE GRAHAM
Both the fifth president of the United States and the commissioner of the General Land Office pen their names on this land grant
Land Grant Signed: "James Monroe" 1p, 15½x9½ on vellum. United States General Land Office paper seal, 1¾x1¾, near lower left-hand corner. Washington, October 1, 1823. Countersigned: "George Graham" as Commissioner of the General Land Office. Land grant reads, "To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Whereas David Dunkin assignee of Edwin Hickman of Huntsville, Alabama has deposited the General Land Office of the United States, a certificate of the Register of the Land Office at Huntsville state of Alabama whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Edwin Hickman according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April 1820, entitled An act making further provision for the sale of Public Lands for The Lot number four hundred and thirty two, in the Town of Cold Water, in the District of Huntsville and State of Alabama according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General which said tract has been purchased by the said Edwin Hickman. Now Know Ye, that the United States of America, in consideration of the Premises and in conformity with the several acts of Congress, in such case and provided, have Given and Granted and by these presents do give and grant unto the said Edwin Hickman the said tract above described; To have and to Hold the same together with all the rights privileges immunities and appurtenances of whatsoever nature, thereunto belonging unto the said David Dunkin and his heirs and assigns forever./ In Testimony where of J. James Monroe President of the United States of America have caused these letter to be made PATENT and the SEAL of the General Land Office to be hereunto affixed./ Given under my hand at the City of Washington the first day of October in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty three and of the Independence of the United States the forty eighth/ By the President". JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) was the fifth U.S. President (1817-1825). He served as President James Madison's Secretary of State from 1811 to 1817 and concurrently served as Secretary of War from October 1814 to March 1815. Monroe had previously served in the Virginia State House of Delegates, the U.S. Congress (1789-1794) and as Governor of Virginia (1799-1802, 1811). He was also U.S. Minister to both France (1794-1796) and Great Britain (1803-1807). GEORGE GRAHAM (1772-1830), a lawyer in Fairfax County, Virginia, was commander of the Fairfax Light Horse during the War of 1812. He was Chief Clerk of the War Department (1814-1816) and interim Secretary of War (1816-1817). He served on an Anglo-American joint commission to settle claims arising from the War of 1812 (1815). He was President of the Washington Branch of the Bank of the United States (1819-1823) before serving as Commissioner of the General Land Office for the rest of his life, continuing in office under Presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. Several vertical creases. Heavily toned. Corners and edges worn. Staining throughout, most of which is concentrated at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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