Lot 20: William Henry Harrison - Excessively rare partial partly-printed DS as president
8th March 2017
Excessively rare partial partly-printed DS as president, boldly signed “W. H. Harrison,” one page, 6 x 3.25, April 10, 1841. Dutch segment of a multi-language ship's pass for a ship departing from New Bedford, boldly signed in black ink by President Harrison. In fine condition. A highly unusual piece, as by the time it was issued, President Harrison was dead. Four-language ship's passports were often left blank and signed in advance by the president before being sent out to American ports, where they were filled out as needed. The example this signature was removed from must have been signed by Harrison some time during his 31–day presidency, sent to a port, and then ultimately issued six days after his death. Given his historically short tenure in office, Harrison's autograph as president is of the utmost rarity, and this is a choice example.
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