Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “Th: Jefferson,” one page with handsome engraved vignettes by John Draper, 15 x 18, February 21, 1809. President Jefferson appoints Jacob Kingsbury as "a Colonel in the first Regiment of Infantry in the service of the United States." Signed neatly at the conclusion by Jefferson, and countersigned by John Smith as acting Secretary of War. Embossed War Office seal remains affixed to upper left corner. In very good to fine condition, with old tape along the edges, tack holes to the corners, and all of the handwriting, including Jefferson's signature, light but legible. Colonel Jacob Kingsbury (1756-1837) was a career officer in the United States Army; he was one of the few U.S. Army officers who was a veteran of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812. An impressive military commission signed by Jefferson a mere ten days before leaving the presidency.
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