Lot 13: Andrew Johnson Signed Document
12th June 2019
Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 16.75 x 11, May 13, 1865. Four weeks into his term in office, President Johnson appoints Samuel S. Warner as "Captain in the Revenue Cutter Service of the United States." Crisply and boldly signed at the conclusion by President Andrew Johnson, and countersigned by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch. In very good to fine condition, with somewhat mottled overall toning. Warner's service branch—the United States Revenue Cutter Service—was established in 1790 by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton as an armed maritime law enforcement service. Originally seen as a group of waterborne tax collectors, members of the organization served in a variety of capacities, eventually morphing into the US Coast Guard. During the Civil War, revenue cutters were stationed at every major seaport of the nation, and used during the war to search for smugglers, protect US ports, and assist the Navy in logistical operations. This significant document dates to just four days after President Johnson declared the Civil War to be over, and four weeks into his term as president following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
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