Lot 49: REVERDY JOHNSON Autograph Lawyer for Mary Surratt at Lincoln Assassination trial
Historic Autographs, Civil War Encased Postage Stamps, Colonial, Revolutionary War, Federal Era, Coins, Currency, Medals
December 10, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Reverdy Johnson Autograph Senator & Lawyer for Mary Surratt at her Abraham Lincoln Assassination Trial
REVERDY JOHNSON (1796-1876). Famed Attorney and Statesman, Lawyer for Mary Surratt at her Lincoln Assassination Trial.
Original Autograph Signed, "Reverdy Johnson" the famous attorney who represented Mary Surratt at her trial as one of the members of the Abraham Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy in 1865, Choice Very Fine. Mary Surratt was accused of assisting John Wilkes Booth, her son John Surratt, and a number of others in the plot to first kidnap, and then to kill, the President at the end of the Civil War. Measures 2" x 3.5" on card, tipped to a larger 3.5" x 5.5" card with normal light age for display. Said to be from an old New England Autograph collection. Very rare when you want to find an example of this historic Trial Lawyer who's famous legal cases included the Dred Scott case and Mary Surratt's defense.
REVERDY JOHNSON (1796-1876) was a prominent and respected Maryland Lawyer and statesman. He served as a United States Senator, Attorney General of the United States, and Ambassador to England. He participated in many of the most famous legal cases of the 19th Century including the Dred Scott case and the Mary Surratt defense.