Lot 31: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 17.5 x 11.5, July 27, 1866. President Johnson appoints John A. Dix of New York "to be Minister Resident of the United States of America at the Hague." Signed at the conclusion by President Johnson and countersigned by Secretary of State William H. Seward. The crisply embossed white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains fully intact. Handsomely double-matted and framed with two engraved portraits and a plaque to an overall size of 39 x 23.75. Expected document wear and partial separations to intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of Seward's signature), otherwise fine condition. Oversized.
Dix was an especially distinguished historical figure with accomplishments in the military, political, and business fields. After serving for three months as secretary of the treasury, Dix joined the Union Army as its highest ranking major general and was responsible for arresting the pro-Southern members in the Maryland legislature to prevent the state from voting to secede. This piece is especially noteworthy because Dix actually turned down the appointment, accepting one to Paris instead. He served in this position as US minister to France from 1866 to 1869. As Johnson favored a stamp due to an injured hand, his signed presidential documents are quite scarce. Oversized.
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