United States military commission, dated March 12, 1868, signed by Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), seventeenth President of the United States. The fully executed commission, which is partially handwritten and printed on parchment, appoints Royal B. Bradford as "Master in the Navy." The commission has been signed in black ink by "Andrew Johnson" ("7") and also by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles ("7"). Johnson, who ascended to the Presidency following Lincoln's assassination, is best known today for becoming the first United States President to be impeached. (He was impeached by the House of Representatives, but was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.) Johnson signed commissions are scarce as he often utilized a stamp for such documents. This is the first Andrew Johnson military commission we have offered and one that is notable for its outstanding state of preservation. Aside from normal horizontal and vertical folds, the document (15.75 x 19.75 inches) remains in Near Mint condition, with the blue government seal firmly affixed along the bottom border. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
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