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Lot 41: 1844 President of Texas SAMUEL HOUSTON Twice Signed Document
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
President of Texas Sam Houston Twice Signed Document Ordering Texas Hero Jack Shackelford to make a Payment
SAMUEL "SAM" HOUSTON (1793-1863). American Statesman, Politician, and Soldier, best known for his leading role in bringing Texas into the United States, 7th Governor of Texas and the Only Person in U.S. history to have been the Governor of Two Different States.
April 4, 1844-Dated (Twice Signed) Manuscript Document Signed, "Sam Houston" as President of Texas, 1 page, measuring 8" x 9.75", Very Fine. This Document approving a purchase of "Sperm Candles," additionally endorsed over the top of the text by Houston. It reads, in full:
"Genl Sam Houston -- for Executive Contingents -- to J. Shackelford -- August 11, 1842 To 1 Box Sperm Candles 36.3 lbs 75 $27.56 par funds -- Approved - 4th Apl. 1844 - (Signed) Sam Houston" (his distinctive fancy paraph below his signature). Over the top of the text Houston again adds his bold signature ordering J. Shackelford to "pay this - Sam Houston" (again adding his paraph).
Jack Shackelford (1790-1857) had served in the Texas Revolution as a Commander under James Fannin. The Mexican Army, however, spared his life at the Goliad Massacre of 1836, likely so he could care for the Mexican wounded during the Battle of Coleto, which occurred eight days before the massacre at Goliad. (Shackelford's account of the massacre is considered by many to be the finest early account.) Shortly after this, Shackelford was sent to San Antonio de Bexar by his Mexican captors to care for the Mexican soldiers wounded at the Alamo. In 1842, during Houston's second presidential term, Shackelford again helped Texas against an invading Mexican army.