WALTER BOWNE - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/09/1829 CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL JACOB MORTON, GARRETT NOEL BLEECKER - HFSID 17695
Sale Price $850.00
WALTER BOWNE, G. N. BLEECKER and JACOB MORTON
Bowne as Mayor of New York, Bleecker as Comptroller and Morton as Clerk of the Council, sign an 1829 payment order for printing and stationary. Bleecker and Morton are very important in the history of New York City.
Document signed: "Walter Bowne" as Mayor, "G. N. Bleecker" as Comptroller, "J. Morton" as Clerk, 6x4. New York, N.Y., 1829 February 9. By order of the Common Council, the officers instructs the City Treasurer to pay to P. Van Pelt for printing and stationery, $526.75, drawn on the Mechanics Bank. Endorsed on verso: "P. Van Pelt" WALTER BOWNE(1770-1846), a prosperous hardware merchant and Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall, served four 1-year terms as Mayor of New York (1829-1833). He was chosen by the Common Council, since mayors of New York were not directly elected by popular vote until 1834. Bowne's election to a second term was controversial, the Mayor having declared, contrary to precedent, that he was entitled to a vote on selection of his successor. After a secret ballot, Bowne was declared winner by a single vote, although a majority of Council members declared under oath that they had voted against him. Bowne's most notable action as mayor was to order a strict quarantine of the City after an outbreak of cholera in nearby communities in 1832. GARRETT NOEL BLEECKER (usually called "G. N.") was one of the original 24 stock brokers who signed the Buttonwood Agreement of 1792, founding the New York Stock Exchange. He was at one time Secretary of the American Colonization Society, founded to fund the repatriation of freed slaves to Africa. JACOB MORTON (1756-1836) was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and a Brigadier General of the New York Militia's First Artillery. He was an aid-marshal at the inauguration of President Washington in New York. When General Lafayette visited New York for the last time in 1824, the festivities in his honor were held at Morton's home. Morton was City Clerk for 25 years, an old Federalist co-existing amicably with the new generation of Tammany politicos. He also served terms as District Attorney and as a state legislator. He was Grand Master of New York's Masonic lodge. Lightly toned. Cancellation cuts center right. Overall, fine condition.
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