MastroNet Summer 2004
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on:
John Hanson (1721-1783) served as the first President of the Continental Congress after ratification of the Articles of Confederation, on March 1, 1781. Consequently, Hanson has sometimes been referred to as the "first President of the United States," even though his position proffered little executive authority and mainly signified Hanson's status as presiding officer of Congress. His signature is ultra-rare in any form, but especially as President on an official document as large, elegant and exquisitely preserved as this one. The partly printed naval certificate, which measures 16-1/2" x 13-1/4", commissions a privateer against British ships, granting "licence and authority to John Flemming, Mariner, Commander of the Brigantine...navigated by Twenty men...to fit out and set forth...in a warlike manner...to attack, subdue, seize, and take all ships and other vessels, goods, wares, and merchandizes, belonging to the King or Crown of Great Britain..." Hanson's picture-perfect "10" signature appears at center left, beneath the document's pristine original paper seal, and reads, "John Hanson Presdt." The document is countersigned by Charles Thomson as Secretary of the Continental Congress. Marginal edge wear aside, the central body of the document is no less than NM and displays magnificently. The docketed reverse features a second partly printed document, this one pertaining to the Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It signed by William Moore as President, just below the commonwealth's intact paper seal. John Hanson material is extremely difficult to come by, and this Revolutionary War-dated example is a truly spectacular specimen. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
Very Rare John Hanson 1782 Signed Large Document as President of Continental Congress
Click above for larger image.