PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1841 - HFSID 4826
MARTIN VAN BUREN Former President asks a favor of former Chief Justice's son. Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Van Buren", 1p, 5x5¾. No place, no date. To Mr. Ellsworth.
Sale Price $935.00
MARTIN VAN BUREN
Former President asks a favor of former Chief Justice's son.
Autograph Letter Signed: "M. Van Buren", 1p, 5x5¾. No place, no date. To Mr. Ellsworth. In full: "Mr Lawrence of New York wishes to visit the Pension Office & I have to ask the favor of you to give your attention." Penciled date at top in unidentified hand: "September 16, 1841". Mr. Ellsworth was probably Henry Leavitt Ellsworth, one of Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth's twin sons, who was appointed Commissioner of Patents by President Jackson in 1836. He served until 1848. In 1849, the Patent Office and the Pension Office were made part of the newly created Department of the Interior. Van Buren had sought reelection in 1840 but was defeated by Whig William H. Harrison. He led all Democrats on the first ballot at the 1844 Democratic National Convention with a majority of the votes but lacked the necessary two-thirds and eventually lost the nomination to James K. Polk. In 1848, Van Buren was the unsuccessful presidential nominee of the antislavery Free Soil Democrats. Irregular left edge. Nicked lower left corner. Light diagonal fold touches the "u" in Buren.
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