LINCOLN APPOINTS: WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE RENSHAW — A COMMANDER IN THE NAVY — AN IMPORTANT CIVIL WAR NAVAL COMISSION
LINCOLN, ABRAHAM. (1809-1865). Sixteenth President of the United States (1861-1865). Superb and important partly engraved Document Signed, ”Abraham Lincoln”, as President. One page, tall folio, vellum. Washington, August 5, 1861. Countersigned by GIDEON WELLS, Secretary of the Navy. President Lincoln appoints WILLIAM BAINBRIDGE RENSHAW a Commander in the United States Navy.
PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND’S SUMMER WHITE HOUSE ~~ THE LAND DEED AND PURCHASE CONTRACT FOR: ”GRAY GABLES”
CLEVELAND, GROVER. (1837-1908). Twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States (1885-9, 1893-7). Manuscript Document Signed, “Grover Cleveland.” 4 full pages. Legal folio. August 1, 1890. The purchase contract for his summer White House on Cape Cod.
PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT STATES THAT: “IN VIEW OF HIS YOUTH… [AND] OTHER GOOD AND SUFFICIENT REASONS…I DO HEREBY GRANT [HIM] A FULL AND UNCONDITIONAL PARDON”
GRANT, ULYSSES S. (1822-1885). Eighteenth President of the United States. Uncommon Document Signed, “U.S. Grant”, as President, pardoning John Connors. Countersigned by Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. 1 ½ pages, large folio, with integral blank and large impressed U.S. Seal of State paper seal completely intact and in superb condition affixed to the left of Grant’s bold signature. Washington, D.C. September 15, 1875.
SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY — “HOLY ORDERS IS NO INSURANCE THAT A MAN WON’T ACT LIKE A DAMN FOOL”
KENNEDY, JOHN F. (1917-1963). Thirty-fifth president of the United States. Superb, and uncommon Autograph Letter Signed, “Jack”, on his imprinted United States Senate stationery. Four full pages, small quarto. Washington, D.C., no date. To an intimate and unidentified woman whom he addresses as “Dear Mary”.
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT ~~ HIS BOOK: THE PRESIDENCY — “ITS DUTIES, ITS POWERS, ITS OPPORTUNITIES AND ITS LIMITATIONS” BOLDLY , INSCRIBED BY HIM
TAFT, WILLIAM HOWARD. (1857-1930). Twenty-seventh President of the United States (1909-13) and tenth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1921-30); only person to have held both offices, His book: The Presidency — “Its Duties, Its Powers, Its Opportunities and Its Limitations, Three Lectures by William Howard Taft”.
A SCARCE, SIGNED COPY OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S ~~ AMERICA AND THE WORLD WAR PUBLISHED IN 1915, BEFORE THE UNITED STATES ENTERED THE CONFLICT OF WORLD WAR I
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. (1858-1919) 26th President of the United States; Vice President; Colonel of the Rough Riders at the Battle of San Juan Hill; recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. His book: America and the World War. Imprinted tan cloth covers. New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1915. First edition.
SUPERB LETTER FROM THEODORE ROOSEVELT COMMENTING ON HENRY CABOT LODGE’S ADVICE TO HIM & HIS ROLE BEHIND THE SCENES IN PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS — AS HIS OWN POLITICAL FUTURE IS IN FRONT OF HIM T.R. NOTES HE WAS CAUTIONED THAT: “I MUST NOT TAKE AN OPEN PART IN POLITICS”
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE (1858-1919) President of the United States. Superb Autograph Letter Signed, “Theodore Roosevelt.” Three full pages, octavo. Washington D.C. No date. [but from the handwriting and content we are assigning an approximate date of late 1891 /early 1892, while TR was serving on the US Civil Service Commission].