Lot 66: 1856 President FRANKLIN PIERCE Signed Ornate Vellum Military Commission
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December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
1856 President Franklin Pierce Signed Military Commission
FRANKLIN PIERCE (1804-1869). 14th President of the United States (1853-1857); the only President from New Hampshire; Democrat who served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate; Mexican-American War Army Officer, becoming a Brigadier General.
February 12, 1856-Dated, Partly-Printed Document Signed, "Franklin Pierce" as President, 1 page, on Vellum, measuring 14.5" x 18", Choice Very Fine. Being an Ornate Military Commission appointing Stewart Kennedy as "Assistant Surgeon in the Navy, as of 1 October 1855". Stewart Kennedy was assigned to the Gulf Squadron in 1861, where he served aboard the Preble, and thence to the Hartford, where he was present at the taking of New Orleans under Admiral Farragut. He was later ordered to the Wachusett in January of 1864 and was killed in March of the same year. Countersigned by James C. Dobbin, as Secretary of the Navy. Typical folds, very clean and well printed, the bright Orange Seal at bottom center still fully intact. The full signature of Franklin Pierce measuring a huge 4" long.