Very desirable partly-printed DS, signed “W. H. Harrison, Clerk,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 8 x 12.75, June 16, 1836. A document certifying a land transaction between Zenos Bronson and David Bolles, with the former agreeing to sell a "tract or lot of land, containing two hundred two and a half acres; situate, lying and being in the Tenth District, Wilkinson County and State of Georgia" for the sum of $100. Signed boldly on the third page as clerk by Harrison. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, and light semicircular areas of toning.
Between 1836 and 1840, Harrison served as Clerk of Courts for Hamilton County in Ohio, a job he maintained until he was elected president in 1840. The year of this document, Harrison was one of two Whig candidates vying for the presidency, with the other candidate being Hugh L. White. Although Vice President Martin Van Buren was viewed as the most popular nominee, the Whig strategy was to elect popular Whigs regionally, deny Van Buren the 148 electoral votes needed for election, and force the House of Representatives to decide the election, hopeful that the Whigs would control the House following general elections. The plan narrowly failed, with Van Buren winning the election with 170 electoral votes. An early and significant document dating to Harrison's push for the White House, a residence he would call home for just 31 days.
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