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04-017

Oliver Wolcott, Jr.

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Oliver Wolcott, Jr., 1760-1833.  Revolutionary soldier; Secretary of the Treasury; Governor of Connecticut.  Document Signed, one page, approximately 5” x 7”, March 20, 1789.

Just over a month before George Washington was inaugurated President of the United States, Wolcott, as Connecticut comptroller, signs a treasury warrant to pay “Messrs. Hudson & Goodwin” £3.12s.1p. “out of the Taxes appropriated for the Payment of the Civil List.” 

Wolcott, a good friend of Alexander Hamilton, was the son and namesake of Oliver Wolcott, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  With his considerable knowledge of finance, Wolcott, more than anyone else, organized the treasuries of both Connecticut and the United States.

The document has a magnificent 2½” signature by Wolcott.  It is secretarially countersigned by Jedediah Huntington and endorsed on the reverse by “Hudson & Goodwin” and Charles Webster.  The document has irregular edges and one horizontal fold, which has an approximately 1” separation on the left end.  There is also a quarter-size cancellation hole.  Neither the separation nor the hole affects the signature.  Overall the document is in fine condition.

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