United States military commission, dated February 12, 1848, signed by James Polk (1795-1849), eleventh President of the United States. The fully executed commission, which is partially handwritten and printed on parchment, appoints John B. Butler as "Paymaster and Military Storekeeper in the Ordnance Department." The commission has been signed in black ink by "James K. Polk" ("9/10") and also by Secretary of War William L. Marcy ("9"). Polk was President from 1845 to 1849, but he died on June 15, 1849, just four months after leaving office. Polk is today considered one of our nation's greatest Presidents, best known for dramatically expanding the United States' western borders all the way to the Pacific. During his one term, Polk was able to expand the United States' land mass by a third through his annexation of Texas and the acquisition of Western land, including California, as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo following the war with Mexico. This is the first Polk military commission we have ever offered and we cannot imagine a finer example. Aside from normal horizontal and vertical folds, the commission (14.5 x 17.25 inches) remains in Near Mint condition, with the original paper government seal firmly affixed in the upper left corner. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
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