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Sale 100: Gems of Philately

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United States Postal History

Lot 2010    

John Tyler, 1790-1862, 10th President 1841-45, manuscript "J. Tyler" free frank as ex-President on neat circa 1860 folded cover addressed in his hand to Norfolk Va., clear strike of Norfolk "Steamboat" straightline handstamp, fresh and Extremely Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Tyler was a Congressman, Governor of Virginia, and Senator. Elected Vice President under Harrison, he became President after only one month. His term was marked by frequent clashes with Whigs led by Henry Clay. He approved the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, which clearly defined the American and Canadian boundary, and signed the measure annexing Texas. He was expelled from his party and denied renomination. In 1861, he was elected to the Confederate House of Representatives, becoming the only President to renounce his American citizenship.

Realized: $650

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