Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “M. Van Buren,” one page, 13.75 x 16.75, July 25, 1840. President Van Buren appoints Isaac I. Stevens as "First Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by Van Buren, and countersigned by Secretary of War Joel R. Poinsett. The white War Office seal remains affixed to upper left. In fine condition. Stevens served as the first governor of Washington Territory and then later as the territory's delegate to Congress in 1857 and 1858; he was killed as a brigadier general at the Battle of Chantilly on September 1, 1862.
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