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Sale 100: Gems of Philately

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United States Postal History

Lot 2008    

James K. Polk, 1775-1849, 11th President 1845-49, Manuscript "Free, J. K. Polk" free frank as Member of Congress on fresh folded cover addressed entirely in his hand to Joseph B. Boyd in Cincinnati Ohio, red "Washington D.C. Sep 14" cds and matching sharp "Free" rating handstamp, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate    $3,000 - 4,000.

A RARE AND DESIRABLE JAMES K. POLK FREE FRANK.

Polk was a Congressman 1825-39 and House Speaker 1835-39, but resigned to become Governor of Tennessee. Nominated by the Democrats against the heavily favored Clay, he won because he favored the annexation of Texas. This, however, led to war with Mexico, after which America acquired much of the Southwest. Polk also acquired Oregon and Washington from England and reduced tariff rates. He declined to run for a second term and died three months after leaving office.

Realized: $4,750

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