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William J. Duane Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

WILLIAM J. DUANE
Born: May 09, 1780 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died: September 27, 1865 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Biography
William John Duane (1780-1865) was the son of William Duane, editor of the ardently Jeffersonian Philadelphia Aurora. The Aurora, edited by the William J. after his father's death in 1798, vehemently criticized Presidents Washington and Adams, and was (unsuccessfully) prosecuted by the latter under the notorious Sedition Act. William J. Duane would prove no stranger to controversy either. Appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Jackson in May 1833, he was dismissed four months later for refusing to transfer US government funds from the Bank of the United States to various state banks. (Jackson's veto of a re-charter of the Bank of the United States had been the central issue of the 1832 Presidential campaign, so Jackson must not have expected resistance from Duane when he made the appointment.) Duane was the grandson of Benjamin Franklin through his mother, Sarah Franklin Bache.
  • WILLIAM J. DUANE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 310943
    WILLIAM J. DUANE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 310943
    On the eve of the War of 1812, Duane writes to Congressman Jonathan Roberts on behalf of an appointment to the War Department. Autograph Letter signed: "Wm. J. Duane", 1 page, 8x9½. Philadelphia, 1812 April 4. Addressed on verso to "Jonathan Roberts, Esq., M. P.…"

    Price: $460.00

  • WILLIAM J. DUANE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/18/1804 CO-SIGNED BY: ROBERT - HFSID 17127
    WILLIAM J. DUANE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/18/1804 WITH CO-SIGNERS - HFSID 17127
    The future Secretary of the Treasury, fired for defying President Jackson, pleads for a short-term loan in the interests of his father, a very controversial newspaper editor. The request was directed to Revolutionary War general and Philadelphia sheriff (later mayor) John Barker.

    Price: $420.00

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