Military appointment commission document signed by both President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of War Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), dated January 27, 1803, conferring the rank of Second Lieutenant to W. L. Graham. Housed in a black painted frame with gilt trim. Sight – 17 3/4" H x 14 1/2" W. Framed – 19 3/4" H x 16 3/8" W. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN. Descended in the family of Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, daughter of Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846) and great granddaughter of Henry Dearborn (1751-1829) on the side of her mother, Pamela Augusta Gilman (1802-1880). Annette was married to Charles Harrod Boyd and had four children, including Julia Wingate Boyd (wife of Lewis M. Coleman, Jr.). Lewis M. Coleman, Jr. was the son of CSA Lt. Colonel Lewis M. Coleman and Mary Ambler Marshall, granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). Note: Henry Dearborn was a Revolutionary War General and Congressman and was Secretary of War under Thomas Jefferson. At the outbreak of the War of 1812, President Madison made Dearborn Commanding General of the U.S. Army. Fort Dearborn and Dearborn, Michigan were named in his honor. See multiple lots related to this family in this auction. CONDITION: Overall good condition. Jefferson signature visible but faded, slightly obscured by vertical fold line. Dearborn signature in clear, visible condition. Other writing in faded condition. Areas of toning, minute foxing spots, and surface scuffs to upper quadrant, to be expected from age.
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