MastroNet August 2005
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By 1835, Zachary Taylor, who in 1849 would be elected the 12th President of the United States, was well on his way to becoming a war hero. Taylor was a career military man who joined the U.S. Army in 1808 and spent the next 40 years as an officer. During the War of 1812, Taylor won a promotion for his defense of Fort Harrison in the Indiana Territory. During the Black Hawk War of 1832, he was the officer to whom Chief Black Hawk surrendered. However, life for "Old Rough and Ready" was not all action. There was plenty of paperwork to go around, as is made evident to the modern observer by this signed document—within which Taylor has approved a December 1835 requisition for wood fuel for himself and his servants while stationed at Fort Crawford. Taylor has signed the letter "Z. Taylor. Col. Comd." (grading "10") in black ink. Though signed by Taylor, the form appears to have been filled out in a different hand—likely that of an aide. Measuring 8-1/8" x 7", this partly printed requisition displays NM appearance with two standard foldlines (exhibiting minimal discoloration along each line). Docketing on the reverse is visible from the front but does not affect the presentation. Fourteen years after signing this document, Taylor became a national hero upon winning the battle of Buena Vista against seemingly overwhelming odds. He rode that wave of popularity to the presidency in 1849, being elected on the Whig ticket. Unfortunately, his term lasted just over a year—cut short by a fatal case of cholera morbus. He died on July 9, 1850, and was succeeded by Vice President Millard Fillmore. An unbelievably pristine Zachary Taylor document signed by the future president during his distinguished military career! LOAs from Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
Very Fresh and Clean 1835 Zachary Taylor Signed Document
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