U.S. GRANT ~~ AS PRESIDENT
SEEKS TO FIND A POLITICAL SUPPORTER AN APPOINTMENT IN THE COASTAL SURVEY STUDY
GRANT, ULYSSES S. (1822-1885). Eighteenth President of the United States; Union General in the civil war. Uncommon Autograph Note Signed, “U.S. Grant”, as President, on 3 ¾ x 2 ¼ card. January 10, 1876. [Washington, D.C.] Grant writes a brief note in pencil to “Com Patterson.” [likely Carlile Pollock Patterson, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey; son of War of 1812 fame Commodore Daniel Todd Patterson.] Mounting remnant on verso, else very fine condition. Grant writes:
“Will Com. Patterson please see Mr Plumsel with the view of giving him some position which he may be able to fill. U.S. Grant.”
This note represents what perhaps was more of the political patronage and nepotism that marred Grant’s presidency. Relics like this note regarding the possible employment position in the government for Plumsel, wonderfully illustrates this. For the specialized collector of Presidential autographs, written as President, this is a fine entry level item, and a good reflection of the political situation of the time.