War of 1812 (1812-1815) military appointment commission document signed by both President James Madison and Secretary of War James Monroe (later 5th President of the United States), dated January 13, 1815, conferring the rank of First Lieutenant in the Corps of Artillery to Greenleaf Dearborn (1786-1846). 10 5/8" H x 15 3/4" W. Provenance: The Estate of Charles Boyd Coleman, Jr., Chattanooga, TN, by descent from Greenleaf Dearborn, nephew of Maj. Gen. Henry Dearborn (1751-1829). Greenleaf Dearborn -alternate spelling Greenlief – was born in Monmouth, ME, on August 7, 1786 to Molly Blake and Simon Dearborn, brother of Henry Dearborn. Greenleaf married Pamela Augusta Gilman, granddaughter of Henry Dearborn, on April 2, 1822 and had 4 children. Dearborn, as Captain of the Second Regiment of Infantry, was promoted to Major by Brevet July 1, 1846, and Major of the First Regiment of Infantry, February 20, 1840. As Major he commanded troops in the Second Seminole War, including Camp Townsend, Lowndes County, GA. He passed away on September 9, 1846 in Brattleboro, VT. His daughter, Annette Maria Dearborn Boyd, great grandaughter of Henry Dearborn on her mother's side, was married to Charles Harrod Boyd; they had four children: Annie Frances Harrod Boyd, Augusta Dearborn Boyd, Emily Dearborn Boyd and Julia Wingate Boyd (wife of of Lewis M. Coleman, Jr., a descendent of fourth U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall). Source: "The Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder", Vol. 3 by S.M. Watson, 1886; see multiple lots related to this family in this auction. CONDITION: Overall good condition. Both signatures in strong, clear condition. Minute foxing spots and toning, surface of sheet.
Lot 268: President Jefferson and Gen. Dearborn Signed Military Appointment Previous Item Lot 270: James Madison Signed Land Grant Next Item