PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 03/14/1873 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM A. RICHARDSON - HFSID 283515
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ULYSSES S. GRANT
President Ulysses S. Grant and Acting Secretary of the Treasury William A. Richardson both signed this civil appointment for a New Orleans Surveyor of Customs in 1873.
Civil appointment signed "U. S. Grant" and "William A. Richardson" as Acting Secretary of the Treasury. Black and brown ink notations at bottom edge and in top left corner in unknown hand. 1 page, 17¾x13¾, with embossed 1¾-inch diameter U. S. Treasury Seal in bottom left corner. Washington, D. C.,March 14, 1873. Document appointing John M. G. Parker as a Surveyor of Customs for the Port of New Orleans in Louisiana. West Point graduate GRANT (1822-1885, born Hiram Ulysses Grant in Point Pleasant, Ohio) had little success in civilian life but was one of the greatest military leaders the United States has produced. After winning many victories on the Mississippi during the American Civil War, culminating in the capture of Vicksburg (1863), he was brought to the Virginia theatre to face the forces of Robert E. Lee, who had bested a long series of former Union generals. He finally compelled Lee's surrender (April 9, 1865) on generous terms. Grant's two terms as Republican President (1869-77) were less successful. Personally honest, Grant was unable to prevent graft by subordinates. RICHARDSON (1821-1896) served as President Ulysses S. Grant's Secretary of the Treasury from March 17, 1873 to June 3, 1874. In his last months in office, he became embroiled in the "Sanborn Incident". John Sanborn, who was hired by Richardson under a congressional act to recover unpaid taxes, kept much of what he had collected. Congress investigated, and, although there was no evidence of direct involvement by Richardson, his removal was demanded. Grant responded by appointing Richardson to a position on the Massachusetts Court of Claims in 1874. Lightly toned, stained, soiled, and rippled. Signature has low contrast but is legible. Light tears and chipping along top and right edge. Missing bottom right corner. Lightly discolored and soiled along edges. Heavy discoloration on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition.
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