Over Four Thousand Autographs from the Leading Figures of the 19th Century

From Presidents to War Leaders to Politicians to Literary Figures: we have never seen such a large diversity of autographs

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The subscription book for “The Engravings of Presidents of the United States by Charles A. Wakefield,” signed by more than 4,000 dignitaries from all over the country and all walks of life.  A small sampling:

Presidents/Vice Presidents: John Quincy Adams Andrew Jackson James K. Polk James Buchanan Richard M. Johnson, VP

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Over Four Thousand Autographs from the Leading Figures of the 19th Century

From Presidents to War Leaders to Politicians to Literary Figures: we have never seen such a large diversity of autographs

The subscription book for “The Engravings of Presidents of the United States by Charles A. Wakefield,” signed by more than 4,000 dignitaries from all over the country and all walks of life.  A small sampling:

Presidents/Vice Presidents:
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson
James K. Polk
James Buchanan
Richard M. Johnson, VP

Cabinet members:
William Seward, Sec. of State, Gov. of NY
Daniel Webster, Sec. of State
Samuel Southard, Sec. of the Navy
Abel Upshur, Sec. of State (killed in famous ship explosion)
Horatio King, Post Master General
Jacob Thompson, Sec. of Interior and head of Confederate Secret Service
Walter Forward, Sec. of the Treasury
Francis Granger, Post Master General
Charles Wickliffe, Post Master General
Levi Woodbury, Sec. of the Treasury and Supreme Court justice
Lewis Cass, USS, Sec. of War
John M. Brodhead, Comptroller of the Treasury
Alexander Ramsey, USS, USHR, gov. of Minnesota, Sec. of War

Notables:
Charles Dickens
Winfield Scott, US Army
John Bell, pres. candidate 1860, USS, USHR, Sec. of War
Francis P Blair, Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Globe, founder of the Congressional Record
Peter Force, compiled the American Archives
W.W. Seaton, Mayor of Washington
P.T. Barnum
Joseph Henry, professor at Princeton, first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Thaddeus Stevens, abolitionist
Peter Wallace Gallaudet, personal secretary to George Washington and Treasury official; Michael Nourse, Treasury official; both raised funds for what became Gallaudet University
Abbott Lawrence and Amos Lawrence, greatest moguls of the era
Dr. John C. Warren, physician, founder Mass. Gen. Hospital
Francis Parkman, historian
Eliphalet Nott, invented coal burning stove, had 30 patents, pres. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
William Cranch, Federal judge, reporter of Decisions of the Supreme Court, nephew of Abigail Adams
L.J. Cist, pioneer autograph collector
Levi Oldham Todd, brother of Mary Todd Lincoln
George Wilkins Kendall, journalist, war correspondent, and pioneer Texas sheepman, known as the father of the Texas sheep business
George Pope Morris, founded the NY Mirror, first to publish Poe’s “The Raven”
C.R.Swords, publisher, one of first Americans to visit Egypt
Robert Greenhow, Washington physician and husband of Confederate spy Rose Greenhow
John Agg, stenographer and court reporter for Congress
John Braham, opera singer and the most famous Jew of his era
The Rainer Quartet, including Lewis [Ludwig] Rainer, Simon Holaus, Margareta Sprenger, who introduced “Silent Night” into America
Marcus A. Root, pioneering photographer 1843, author on photography
Stephen Alexander, noted astronomer
John Fritchie, husband of Civil War hero Barbara Fritchie
Stephen Longfellow, USHR and father of Henry W. Longfellow

Congressmen, House and Senate. Governors. Well over 100, including Robert C. Winthrop, Speaker of the House

A few other names:
Nathaniel Tallmadge, USS
John Van Buren, advisor to his father Martin Van Buren
Silas Wright, USS
Alfred Babcock, USHR
John Mattocks, USHR and VT governor
James D. Woodside, inventor
E. M. Huntington, Commissioner of the General Land Office
Charles Hudson USHR
James Thompson USHR
T. Jones Yorke, USHR
JPB Maxwell, USHR
Christopher Morgan, USHR
John Taliaferro, USHR
John B. Fry, clerk of the USS
James D. Clinton USHR
John Reynolds, USS and IL Gov.
Joaquín Velázquez de León, Mexican ambassador to the U.S.
S.S, Bowne, receiver of public monies, Treasury Dept.
John C. Edwards, and MO Gov.
James Harrison Cravens, USHR
P.G. Goode, USHR
Edmund Deberry, USHR
John Henderson, USS
Thomas W. Williams, USHR
Henry Dodge, USS
Perry Smith, USS
John R. Reding, USS
Peter Hagner, clerk in the Treasury Dept.
Benjamin Tappan, USS
George B. Cary, USHR
William Doan, USHR
William Allen, USS
George H. Hopkins, USHR
William Woodbridge, USS
Thomas C. Chittenden USHR
James A. Pearce, USS
Alexander Barrow, USS
B.A. Bidlack, USHR
Rembrandt Lockwood, artist and sculptor
Isaac McKim, Baltimore shipper
David Barnum, owned the best hotel in Baltimore
William G. Cranch, Patent Office clerk
Thomas P. Cope, Philadelphia merchant and philanthropist
Joseph Ripley Chandler, USHR
Henry Ustick Onderdonk, Episcopal bishop of Pennsylvania
W.R. Grant, MD, Penn Medical School professor
Robert Morris, grandson of the signer
William B. Storm, customs house clerk
Henry Bond Dewey, merchant in Brazil
William Hopley Yeaton, grandson of the father of the Coast Guard
Nelson Robinson, top Wall St. broker of his day
George W. Platt, jeweler
F.H. Wolcott, descendant of Oliver Wolcott
William C. Bryant, poet, author
John D. Keese, first chairman of NY College of Pharmacy
Thaddeus Davids, built one of the largest ink merchants in the world
Richard B. Kimball, author
Henry H. Van Dyck, publisher
William Campbell Preston, USS
John Wiley, founder of the noted publisher John Wiley & Sons. Son Charles has also signed.
Samuel Miller, Presbyterian theologian who taught at Princeton Theological Seminary
William Pennington, Gov. of NJ
Henry A. Muhlenberg, USHR
John W. Forney, Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate
David R. Porter, Gov. PA
David McCook, father of the generals McCook, killed in civil war
Samuel Appleton, merchant and philanthropist

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