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Arthur, Chester A
Presidential Military Commission; Partially Printed, Signed by Robert Todd Lincoln as Secretary of War
Washington DC: December 26, 1884. 15.5" x 19.5", partially printed document on vellum with two attractive engravings: one of a menacing eagle at the top with "E Pluribus Unum" scroll and a variation of the military landscape of weapons, flags and military imagery. Centerline fold with five horizontal folds. Deep blue U. S. War Office seal, not obscuring the military engraving, is missing only one tooth. Everett E. Benjamin, nominated, then appointed by and with the Advice and Consent of The US Senate - Second Lieutenant in the First Regiment of Infantry, bearing the signatures of President Chester A. Arthur, and the son of Abraham Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln, Secretary of War. Also signed and docket by The Adjutant General, R. C. Drum [Richard Coulter], "Registered Volume 23, page 8, Adjutant Generals Office, December 26th, 1884, (in red ink, signature in black ink). Edward E. Benjamin, (1860 - 1903) served in the military until his death in the Philippines. His body was returned to his hometown of Riverhead, NY for internment. He joined his regiment in the Philipines the previous year and had risen to the rank of Captain. Chester Alan Arthur (1829 - 1886) wasthe 21st president of the United States from 1881 to 1885. Previously the 20th vice president, he succeeded to the presidency upon the death of President James A. Garfield in September 1881, two months after Garfield was shot by an assassin. Arthur served as quartermaster general of the New York Militia during the American Civil War. Following the war, he devoted more time to New York Republican politics and quickly r … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Montgomery Rare Books (montgomery_rare_books) [Portland, Oregon, United States]
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