Lot 23: Zachary Taylor - LS as president-elect signed Z. Taylor
8th March 2017
LS as president-elect signed “Z. Taylor,” one page, 8.75 x 10.75, November 20, 1848. Letter to notable New Orleans banker James Robb, in full: "I am duly in receipt of your friendly letter of the 12th instant, and cordially thank you for your kind congratulations in my success in the recent election. It was fully my intention, previous to the receipt of your letter, to pay my respects to Mrs. Robb and yourself during my proposed visit to your city. I think it quite possible, however, that I shall have a great many calls from my friends during my visit, and I therefore cannot consent to incommode you by accepting your hospitable invitation to become your guest. With my sincere thanks for the kind regard which has prompted this acceptable courtesy, and my best wishes for the happiness of Mrs. Robb & yourself." In fine condition, with some faint toning along intersecting folds, and light show-through from old mounting remnants on the reverse. Long after earning nationwide recognition as a war hero, Taylor and his Whig running mate Millard Fillmore proved victorious in the 1848 United States presidential election, outlasting Lewis Cass of the Democratic Party and former President Martin Van Buren of the newly formed Free Soil Party. Taylor died suddenly 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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