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Lot # 1525 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1875 James Garfield ALS

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $533

Handwritten letter on a single, unlined sheet, signed by James A. Garfield (1831-1881), twentieth President of the United States. In this undated letter to the "Hon John Sherman" Garfield writes to obtain a copy of a bill. In full: "Dear Sir - Please send me by the bearer the printed bill for Distribution of the Currency and allow him to copy the amendment you intend to propose. Truly Yours, J. A. Garfield." Both the text and signature are scripted in black ink and grade "9/10." This letter was most likely written during Garfield’s long tenure in Congress (1863-1880) while serving as a representative from Ohio. At the 1880 Republican Convention he emerged as the “dark horse” nominee for President. He then narrowly defeated his Democratic opponent, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, in the general election. Garfield’s time in office was short, however, as he was mortally wounded by an assassin's bullet on July 2, 1881. He passed away two months later. John Sherman was also from Ohio and served at times in both the House of Representatives (1855-1861) and Senate (1861-1877 and 1881-1897), an also held two cabinet posts: secretary of the treasury under Hayes (1877-1881) and secretary of state under McKinley (1897-1898). The letter (4.75 x 6.25 inches) displays two horizontal and vertical folds and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed together with a photographic print of Garfield to total dimensions of 16.75 x 12.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $533

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