George Washington’s autographed lottery ticket
George Washington’s autographed lottery ticket is a collectible item of historic memorabilia, featuring a rare example of the first US president’s signature.
George Washington (1732-1799) was the first president of the US. He was in office between 1789 and 1797.
Washington was a leading commander during the American Revolution between 1775 and 1783, which led to the official formation of the US, and the creation of the US presidency.
The 2 7/8" x 1 3/8" document was produced in 1768 for the Mountain Road lottery.
It states: “This Ticket [No. 173] shall entitle the Possessor to whatever Prize may happen to be drawn against it's [sic] Number in the Mountain Road Lottery”.
Below, in black/brown ink, Washington has signed “Go. Washington”.
The lottery was set up to pay for road improvements in the Mountain Road area of Bath County, Virginia in the hope of improving access to the local hot springs.
Washington acted as manager of the lottery and hoped by lending his signature to the tickets to add credibility to the lottery.
Although Washington by this time was one of the richest men in Virginia, he had yet to find the fame of his later years.
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