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Ulysses S. Grant

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Ulysses S. Grant, born Hiram Ulysses Grant, 1822-1885.  18th President of the United States, 1869-1877.  Check boldly engrossed by Grant and signed twice as President-Elect, U. S. Grant and U. S. G., December 7, 1868.

Grantís signed personal checks are scarce, and this one is nice because Grant wrote it as President-Elect just two days short of a month after his election.  He defeated his Democratic opponent, Horatio Seymour, on November 9, 1868.

Grant has also signed twice.  The first signature, his usual U. S. Grant, appears on the signature line of the check.  He has signed again with his initials, U. S. G., and written the date, í68 Dec. 7th, on the two-cent revenue stamp bearing the image of George Washington.  The check is drawn on Jay Cooke & Co. Bankers, which had been the Unionís chief financier during the Civil War.

This check is in fine condition.  It has folds and two unobtrusive cancellation cuts, one of which barely touches Grantís signature.  It has been dual matted in marine blue suede with a wartime Matthew Brady photograph of Grant at Cold Harbor, Virginia, and finished with an inlaid gilt fillet and an engraved brass identification plate.  It is framed in a period-looking gilt frame.

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