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Richard Rush Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

RICHARD RUSH
Born: August 29, 1780 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: July 30, 1859 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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RICHARD RUSH (1780-1859) was the son of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was Attorney General of Pennsylvania (1811) before serving as U. S. Attorney General under Presidents James Madison and James Monroe (1814-1817). He was also Monroe's Secretary of State ad interim from March 10, 1817 until Sept. 21, 1817, while newly appointed Secretary of State John Q. Adams was in England. As Secretary of State ad interim, Rush negotiated the Rush-Bagot Treaty with Great Britain, which demilitarized the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain and limited the number of naval vessels there and internal waterways leading to the lakes. When Adams became President in 1825, Rush was appointed Secretary of the Treasury, serving until 1829. He was also U. S. Minister to Great Britain (1817-1825) and France (1847-1849). As U. S. Minister to Great Britain, Rush negotiated the Anglo-American Convention of 1818, which set the U. S./Canadian border between the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota and the Rocky Mountains at the 49th parallel and allowed for joint settlement of the Oregon Territory by the U. S. and Great Britain for 10 years. In 1836, Rush secured a bequest from James Smithsonian in Great Britain for over half a million dollars, which was used to establish the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Signature of Richard Rush, mounted on a small card. Rush was U. S. Attorney General under Presidents James Madison and James Monroe, Secretary of the Treasury under President John Quincy Adams, U. S. Minister to Great Britain and France and, for seven months in 1817, Acting Secretary of State under Monroe. read more...

    Sale Price $144.00

    $160.00

  • Four-page letter to Pennsylvania Congressman Andrew Stewart, praising his speech in favor of extension of the Cumberland Road. President Andrew Jackson, who had defeated the Adams-Rush ticket the previous November, vetoed the bill. read more...

    Sale Price $552.50

    $650.00

  • U. S. Secretary of the Treasury Richard Rush signed this document in 1828 to acknowledge the receipt of a claim by a Revolutionary War soldier. Rush was also U. S. Attorney General under Presidents James Madison and James Monroe, U. S. Minister to Great Britain and France and, for seven months in 1817, Acting Secretary of State under Monroe. From the papers of Henry Burbeck, a veteran of key Revolutionary War battles. read more...

    Sale Price $414.00

    $460.00

  • U. S. Secretary of the Treasury Richard Rush signed his endorsement to this large manuscript document auditing the accounts of a militia lieutenant by auditor Peter Wagner in 1826. Rush was also U. S. Attorney General under Presidents James Madison and James Monroe, U. S. Minister to Great Britain and France and, for seven months in 1817, Acting Secretary of State under Monroe. read more...

    Sale Price $488.75

    $575.00

  • Questionnaire printed by the U. S. Treasury Department in 1826 regarding the growth and manufacture of silk in Connecticut and signed by Secretary of the Treasury Richard Rush. He was U. S. Attorney General under Presidents James Madison and James Monroe, Secretary of the Treasury under President John Quincy Adams, U. S. Minister to Great Britain and France and, for seven months in 1817, Acting Secretary of State under Monroe. read more...

    Sale Price $488.75

    $575.00

  • RICHARD RUSH Former Secretary of the Treasury signs Treasury Department memo Typed letter signed: "Richard Rush" in brown ink. 1 page, 8x10. Written on Treasury Department "Revolutionary Claims" memo letterhead. September 13, 1828. read more...

    Sale Price $414.00

    $460.00

  • JAMES MONROE, CO-SIGNED BY: RICHARD RUSH and DAVID GELSTON Ships' papers signed in 1817 by President James Monroe, Secretary of State Richard Rush and Collector for the Port of New York David Gelston read more...

    Sale Price $1,275.00

    $1,500.00

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