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PRESIDENT MARTIN VAN BUREN - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 04/17/1837 CO-SIGNED BY: JOEL POINSETT - HFSID 28144

MARTIN VAN BUREN and JOEL R. POINSETT. Partly Printed DS: "M. Van Buren" as eighth U.S. President and "J.R. Poinsett" as Secretary of War, 1p, 16x10¼. Washington, 1837 April 17.

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MARTIN VAN BUREN and JOEL R. POINSETT. Partly Printed DS: "M. Van Buren" as eighth U.S. President and "J.R. Poinsett" as Secretary of War, 1p, 16x10¼. Washington, 1837 April 17. In part: "Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Daniel Ragan I do by these presents appoint him, the said Daniel Ragan 1st Lieutenant of Lt. Infy 1st Regt Brigade of the Militia of the District of Columbia: He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of First Lieutenant in leading, ordering, and exercising the Militia of said District...." At upper left, Manuscript DS: "R. Jones". In full: "Recorded Vol. 2 page 45/Adj Genl Office". During the Presidency of MARTIN VAN BUREN the military was called into action on a number of occasions. In December of the year this document was signed, General Zachary Taylor defeated the Seminoles at Okeechobee swamp. The following year, there were tensions as disputes broke out along the U.S.-Canadian border. On March 3, 1839, Van Buren sent troops to Maine to protect frontiersmen in the Aroostook War. JOEL ROBERT POINSETT, a former U.S. Congressman from South Carolina (1821-1825) and U.S. Minister to Mexico (1825-1829), served with distinction as Secretary of War (1837-1841). He improved the facilities and course of study at West Point, reorganized the nation's military forces and directed the second Seminole War. When his term ended, he devoted his life to educational and agricultural pursuits. On one of his trips to Mexico, Poinsett brought back a subtropical plant that was named the Poinsettia in his honor. In the War of 1812, ROGER JONES received the brevet of Major for services as Captain of the Artillery in the Battles of Chippewa and Lundy's Lane and Lieutenant Colonel for gallantry in the sortie from Fort Erie. On March 7, 1825, he was appointed Adjutant-General of the Army, a post he held until his death on July 15, 1852. He had been brevetted Major General in 1848. Fragile. Creased, chipped, nicked and slight tears at blank edges. Tackhead-size holes at cross folds affecting a word of printed text. Pinhead-size holes along blank horizontal folds. Lightly tanned at folds and blank edges.
 

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