[ANDREW JOHNSON & CABINET] Sheet signed Johnson as President along with seven members of his cabinet.
Sheet signed at head "Andrew Johnson/Nov 10th 1868" followed by the dated signatures (most 2 March 1869) of Secretary of State William H. Seward, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Interior O.H. Browning, Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch, Secretary of War John M. Schofield, Attorney General William Evarts, and Interior Secretary Alexander W. Randall. 10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (27.5 x 21 cm); framed with a reproduction print of the cabinet. The edges mat toned, folds, a few handling creases, well preserved overall with dark signatures.
Provenance: The Forbes Collection of American Historical Documents; Sold Christie's New York, 15 November 2005, lot 114
An extremely rare sheet signed by President Johnson and the heads of the seven Executive Departments. Given the deep divisions in Johnson's cabinet over his impeachment, such signed documents are uncommon and it was noted at the time of the 2005 Forbes auction that no other example was known. In the intervening fifteen years no comparable example has emerged in the auction rooms. Within Johnson's cabinet, Seward, Welles and McCulloch had been appointed by President Lincoln. General John Schofield was appointed by Johnson as Secretary of War after his removal of Edwin Stanton prompted his impeachment trial for a violation of the Tenure of Office Act. The Attorney General William Evarts was part of Johnson's legal defence in the case.
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