Lot 42: Rare and sought-after partly-printed DS as president, one page, 17 x 14, April 16, 1881. President Garfield appoints William C. Cawley as "Postmaster at Manchester, in the County of Delaware, State of Iowa." Signed at the conclusion by President Garfield and countersigned by Acting Postmaster General James Noble Tyner. The gold seal and red ribbon affixed to the lower left remain intact. Intersecting folds with small separations at right edge, light toning, and some soiling to the Garfield signature area from being folded against the seal, otherwise fine condition. When Garfield took office the Post Office Department was the largest department in the federal government and highly prone to corruption. Although this document dates to just six weeks into his term, he had already made an impact in cleaning up the federal postal service and ridding it of malfeasance. Because of Garfield's brief tenure in the White House, his presidential documents are exceedingly scarce, with this particular example elevated by its relation to one of his few executive accomplishments.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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