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Frederick Douglass Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Born: February 14, 1817 in Talbot County, Maryland
Died: February 28, 1895 in Washington, District of Columbia
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As the 19th-century leader and spokesman for Afro-Americans, Fredrick Douglass became known as the Black Lion by the time he held the position as District Recorder of Deeds. An escaped slave prior to the Civil War (1861-1865), he was befriended by influential abolitionists and the well-educated. In return, he became a public speaker in the abolitionist circuit. Rapidly developing his oratory skills, Douglass became nationally known and respected. During the War, he moved to Washington, D.C. where his influence upon President Abraham Lincoln pressured him into drafting the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 1863). Although it did not free any slaves at that time, it did allow that as federal troops took command of areas in rebellion against the United States, slaves in those areas would be freed. Douglass, a natural leader with an acute sense of equality, also urged Lincoln to form slave regiments, thus providing a form of employment and self-respect for those into the army's ranks at that time. Meanwhile Douglass, the publisher of abolitionist newspapers in the North, became the first black man to hold a high-ranking office in the government of the United Sates when he was appointed Marshal of the District of Columbia in 1877. In the District, he went on to oversee the purchase of property including his own home on Cedar hill - an estate overlooking the Capitol and former home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. When named Recorder of Deeds by President James Garfield, Douglass found it essentially a figurehead position; however, he had already accomplished much for his race and accepted the position on behalf of all blacks. Known as slave Fredrick Bailey, Douglass had accomplished a daring escape from the bondage of his strict master, Thomas Auld, in 1838, fleeing to New York, then Massachusetts. Aided by William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), Douglass learned to read and write. In 1841, he was hired by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society as a representative. He also apprenticed in printing and become an abolitionist publisher of the North Star (1847), which became Fredrick Douglass' Paper in 1851
  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 04/02/1885  - HFSID 50346
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 04/02/1885 - HFSID 50346
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS He pens his signature on this deed as Recorder on April 3rd of 1885 Deed Signed: "Fredk Douglass" as Recorder on docket panel, 4p integral leaf, 8½x14. District of Columbia, 1885 April 3.

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  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 09/10/1885  - HFSID 150393
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 09/10/1885 - HFSID 150393
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS He pens his signature on this deed as Recorder in September of 1885! Deed Signed: "Fredk Douglass" as Recorder on docket panel, 2p integral leaf, 8x21½ open flat, 3½x8 folded. District of Columbia, 1885 September 10. Release from " W.H.

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  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 10/21/1881  - HFSID 101543
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 10/21/1881 - HFSID 101543
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS He pens his signature on this deed as Recorder on October 21 of 1881 Deed Signed in ink: "Fredk Douglass" as Recorder on docket panel, 4p integral leaf, 8½x14, folded to 3½x8½ for filing. District of Columbia, October 21, 1881.

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  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 12/14/1882  - HFSID 148607
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DEED SIGNED 12/14/1882 - HFSID 148607
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    FREDERICK DOUGLASS He pens his signature on this deed as Recorder on December 14th of 1882! Deed Signed: "Fredk Douglass" as Recorder on docket panel, 4p integral leaf, 8½x14. District of Columbia, 14 December 1882.

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  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/07/1883  - HFSID 148654
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/07/1883 - HFSID 148654
    FREDERICK DOUGLASS He pens his signature on this deed as Recorder on July 7th of 1883! Deed Signed: "Fredk Douglass" as Recorder on docket panel, 4p integral leaf, 8½x14. District of Columbia, 1883 July 7. Release from " Thomas E. Waggaman and John N.

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