Scarce and desirable autograph signature of the 5th president of the United States, JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848), **AND** of GEORGE GRAHAM (1772-1830), early Texas coast explorer, on a land grant document measuring 9" by 15", in a 7/8" wide simple wood frame. The land grant is referring to an 80 acre parcel in Wayne County, Michigan (Detroit), and is dated February 1, 1827. Adams was the son of President John Adams and served as US president himself from 1825-1829. He was a senator, served in the House of Representatives, served as Minister to Russia and The Netherlands, and as distinguished secretary of state under Monroe. Significantly, the document is also signed by George Graham, "Commissioner of the General Land Office". Graham was an American of considerable significance himself; Graham is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Graham was born in Virginia in 1772. He was a friend of James Monroe from an early age. By the time of the War of 1812 he was a prominent figure, and was acting secretary of war from 1815-1818. A specialist in Indian affairs, he was sent to explore the Texas coast around Galveston Island, and his account of that voyage is considered to be the earliest Anglo-American account of that region, which was claimed by the United States after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Among Graham's other achievements are being a representative in the Virginia state government, lawyer, banker, involvement with the founding of the US Military Academy at West Point, elector (of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe) and finally commissioner of the general land office between 1823 and his death in 1830. This early land grant document is in good condition considering the advanced age, though, it is laid down (somehow glued) to the backing cardboard. The paper has creases and soiling but is not seriously compromised, and the original seal at lower left, though faded, remains. Signatures are slightly faded but completely legible. NOTE THAT THE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN WITH STICKY OLD TAPE STILL ON THE GLASS, ACCOUNTING FOR SHINY LOOKING SQUIGGLES AND WHAT LOOK LIKE STAINS....FOR EXAMPLE THE AREA DIRECTLY UNDER THE SIGNATURE. Here is an opportunity to own a piece of paper handled 180 years ago by two important figures in early American history. The document is a prize for the collector of historical Americana. SEE HUNDREDS OF PAINTINGS AND PRINTS IN MY RUBY LANE SHOP.
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