Lot 21: Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed "Z. Taylor," one page, 14.5 x 13, January 14, 1850. President Taylor appoints Charles Noble of Michigan as "Surveyor General of the Public Lands in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan." Prominently signed at the conclusion by President Taylor and countersigned by Secretary of State John M. Clayton. The white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains intact but cracked. Double-matted and framed with a color portrait of Taylor to an overall size of 25.75 x 18. In very good condition, with smoothed intersecting folds, scattered foxing, trivial flaking to ink in signature, and writing in the body light but legible. Long after earning nationwide recognition as a war hero, Taylor was inaugurated into presidential office on March 4, 1849. He suddenly died of illness less than sixteen months into his term, making him the third-shortest-serving American president and one of the rarer presidential autographs.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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