PRESIDENT JAMES MONROE - LAND GRANT SIGNED 12/16/1822 - HFSID 35659
Sale Price $1,105.00
This land grant was signed by the president for a parcel of land in the town of Jeffersonville, Indiana in 1822
Land Grant Signed: "James Monroe" as President, 13¾x9, with of United States General Land Office paper seal, 1¾x1¾, near lower left-hand corner, on vellum. December 16, 1822. Land grant stating, "KNOW YE, That Roger Thompson of Washington County Indiana having deposited in the General Land Office, a Certificate of the Register of the Land Office, at Jeffersonville whereby it appears that full payment has been made for the West half of the North East quarter of section thirty two, in township Three North, of Range Five East, continuing eighty acres of the Lands directed to be sold at Jeffersonville by the Act of Congress, entitled "An Act providing for the sale of the Lands of the United States, in the Territory north west of the Ohio, and above the mouth of the Kentucky River," and of the acts amendatory of the same, There is granted, by the United States, unto the said Roger Thompson, the half q lot or section of Land above described; To have and to hold the said half qr lot or section of Land, with the appurtenance, unto the said Roger Thompson his heirs and assigns for ever. In testimony whereof, I have caused these Letters 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 tenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one and of the Independence of the United States of America the forty seventh./ By the President". The Land Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the credit system that enabled settlers to make deferred payment on their land and reduced the per acre purchase price from $2 to $1.25 with the entire amount to be paid at the time of purchase. Presidents were required to personally sign each land grant until March 3, 1833. JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) was thefifth 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). Heavily toned, soiled, stained, foxed and creased. Folded twice horizontally and twice vertically. Otherwise, fine condition.
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