Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed “Z. Taylor,” one page, 15.25 x 17.75, March 16, 1849. President Taylor appoints Theodorus Bailey as a "Commander in the Navy, from the 6th day of March 1849, in the service of the United States." Signed boldly at the conclusion by Zachary Taylor, and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy William B. Preston. The white Navy Department remains affixed to lower vignette. In fine condition, with light creasing to the right edge. Given his short 16-month tenure in the White House, presidential autographs by Taylor are especially scarce, with this early example signed only 12 days after entering office.
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