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1865 Abraham Lincoln Signed Document - Signed on the Final Day of His First Term!

Starting Bid - $1,500, Sold For - $7,200

Partial government document, dated March 3, 1865, signed by Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States. Most likely taken from a military appointment or land grant, the partial document features only the bottom right segment, but does include the official seal of the United States and the date. Boldly signed in black ink by both "Abraham Lincoln" ("10"), as President, and "William H. Seward" ("9/10"), as Secretary of State. One of the many distinguishing characteristics of these official government documents is the fact that Lincoln always penned his full-name signature, rather than "A. Lincoln," the form commonly found on other documents and letters. As such, they have always been highly prized by collectors. Interestingly, this document was signed on the final day of Lincoln's first term as president. The following day, March 4th, Lincoln once again took the oath of office with the hope of ending the Civil War and reuniting a fragmented nation. Unfortunately, just forty-two days after signing this document Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth. The document (13.5 x 6 inches) displays one vertical and two horizontal folds and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Matted and framed together with two photographic prints of Lincoln to total dimensions of 34 x 28 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA.

SOLD FOR $7,200

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