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Sale 67: The Westpex Sale

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Free Franks & Autographs

Lots 1554-1563 Lots 1564-1573 Lots 1574-1575

Lot 1554    

John Adams, 1735-1826, 2nd President 1797-1801. Free frank "J. Adams" signature as ex-President in a late shaky hand on folded cover to Isaac H. Tiffany Esqr. at Schoharie Bridge N.Y., inside "President Adams, June 1st 1819" docketing, no postal markings; small cover tear at top, remarkably fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

Realized: $2,300

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Lot 1555    

John Quincy Adams, 1767-1848, 6th President of United States 1825-29. Free frank "J. Q. Adams" signature as Secretary of State on folded cover to Bennington Vt., indistinct Washington D.C. cds with matching "Free" rating handstamp, "Department of State" designation at top right, Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Son of John Adams, he was Minister to the Netherlands, Prussia, Russia and Great Britain, and negotiated the Treaty of Ghent which ended the War of 1812. He was a Senator from Massachusetts and Secretary of State under Monroe. In 1824, he ran against Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay, and though Jackson received more votes, the election was thrown into the House of Representatives. There, House Speaker Clay swayed members to vote for Adams, who then appointed Clay Secretary of State. Following his defeat in 1828, he was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served from 1831 until his death.

Realized: $900

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Lot 1556    

James Buchanan, 1791-1868, 15th President of the United States 1857-61. Manuscript free frank "Free James Buchanan" as ex-President on cover addressed in his hand to Moses Kelly Esquire in Washington City, "Lancaster Pa Apr 14 1862" cds and matching "Free" rating handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $270

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Lot 1557    

Jimmy Carter, 1924-, 39th President of the United States 1977-81. Manuscript "J Carter" free frank signature as ex-President on immaculate cover to Lacorsse Wis., bold "Americus, GA Oct 19 1987" duplex handstamp, typed Plains Ga. return address, Extremely Fine and choice Jimmy Carter free frank as ex-President.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Jimmy Carter and his wife were born in Plains Ga. where he currently lives. Knowledgeable in scientific and technological subjects, Carter took over the family peanut farm and through hardship was able to successfully expand despite his first crop being a total failure.

Realized: $1,000

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Lot 1558    

Calvin Coolidge, 1872-1933, 30th President of the United States 1923-29. Autograph signature "Calvin Coolidge" on official The White House, Official Business penalty envelope to Hon. Harry K. Taylor in Hartford Conn., bold "Washington D.C. Jan 29 1925" machine cancel, Very Fine.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.


Coolidge was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small government conservative, and also as a man who said very little. Coolidge restored public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor's administration, and left office with considerable popularity. As a Coolidge biographer put it, "He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions. That he did represent the genius of the average is the most convincing proof of his strength.".

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Lot 1559    

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, 1861-65. Blue 1848 folded cover with manuscript "Free J. Davis, U.S.S." free frank endorsement as U.S. Senator to Adj. General Jones at Washington D.C., red "New-York Aug 15" cds and blue manuscript "F" rating; refolded and small taped hole in address, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Jefferson Finis Davis (1808-89) was an American statesman and leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and fought in the Mexican-American War as the colonel of a volunteer regiment. He served as the United States Secretary of War under Democratic President Franklin Pierce (1853-1858), and served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Mississippi.

Realized: $450

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Lot 1560    

Millard Fillmore, 1800-1874, 13th President 1850-53. Bold free frank "M. Fillmore" signature on cover to Thos. A. Robinson in Philadelphia Pa., partial "Washington D.C. 'Free' Nov 7" cds; wax seal has been cutout, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Fillmore served in Washington from 1833-1835 and 1837-1843 while a member of the House of Representatives and 1849-1850 while Vice President. He became President on July 9, 1850, following the death of President Taylor. He failed to get the Whig presidential nomination in 1852 and returned to his Buffalo home after leaving the White House on March 3, 1853.

Realized: $280

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Lot 1561    

Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2006, 38th President of the United States 1974-77. Blue manuscript "Gerald Ford" free frank signature on The White House, Washington corner card cover to Charles D. Carroll in New Orleans La., "Washington. D.C. 16 Dec. 1976" machine cds with slogan cancel, immaculate and Extremely Fine.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.


A Lieutenant Commander in the Navy during WWII, he became a Congressman from Michigan and rose to House Minority Leader. Following Agnew's resignation, Ford was appointed Vice President and became President upon Nixon's resignation. He is the first and to date only person to have served as both Vice President and President of the United States without being elected by the Electoral College. He was plagued by economic troubles and resentment over Nixon's pardon, and was defeated by Carter in 1976.

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Lot 1562    

Ulysses S. Grant, 1822-85, 18th President of the United States 1869-77. Free frank "U.S. Grant" signature as President on 1875 cover addressed in his hand to Judge Edwards Pierrepont, Atty. Gen. at Washington D.C., "Elizabeth N.J. Sep 21" origin cds, endorsed "President" at left; flap reattached, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

President Ulysses S. Grant appointed Pierrepont Attorney General of the United States on April 26, 1875. A former Democrat, Pierrepont had difficulty fitting into the Grant Administration, as stress was created over his tenor during the prosecution of the Whiskey Ring and the indictment of Grant's private secretary, American Civil War general, Orville E. Babcock. On May 22, 1876 President Grant appointed Pierrepont Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to Britain, having replaced Robert Schenck, serving until December 1, 1877.

Realized: $2,200

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Lot 1563    

Alexander Hamilton, manuscript "Free, A. Hamilton" free frank on 1792 folded cover to Samuel R. Gerry as Collector at Marblehead Mass., endorsed "(Salem Mail)" at left, Philadelphia "13 IY" Franklin mark and matching "Free" rating handstamp, inside docketed "Alexr Hamilton Esqr. Letter, June 8th 1792"; light file fold, accompanied by engraved Hamilton portrait on large card, Very Fine.
Estimate    $3,000 - 4,000.


An early American leader, Hamilton served as an aide to Washington during the Revolution. He was later a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and co-wrote the Federalist papers. As the first Secretary of the Treasury, he stabilized the nation's finances. A champion of a strong central government, he died in a duel with political foe Aaron Burr.

Realized: $5,000

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