PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE - LAND GRANT SIGNED 10/07/1823 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE GRAHAM - HFSID 30979
Sale Price $1,105.00
Land Grant in the State of Ohio, also signed by land commissioner George Graham
Land Grant signed: "James Monroe" as President, 2 pages (front and verso), 11¾x14¾. Also signed "Geo Graham" as Commissioner of the General Land Office. Washington, D.C., 1823 October 7. Printed preamble citing the authorizing Congressional legislation. Location details and grantee supplied in an unknown hand. Additional notations on verso. JAMES MONROE (1758-1831, born in Westmoreland County, Virginia) was 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 had also been U.S. Minister to both France (1794-1796) and Great Britain (1803-1807). Less than two months after he signed this Land Grant, on December 2, 1823, Monroe announced his famous "Monroe Doctrine," declaring that the Americas were not open to further colonization by European powers! 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. Ink faded (all words legible). One horizontal fold. Pinhead size hole on horizontal fold. Five vertical folds (toned on verso), one affecting "Ja" and another affecting "M" in signature. Creased, one diagonal crease affecting "n" in signature. Lightly worn at edges and along sides. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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