1852 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - VIRGINIA GUBERNATORIAL APPOINTMENT OF ELECTORS FOR THE COUNTY OF NELSON

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Item Code: 846-263

Signed by Governor “Jos. Johnson.” Dated “23rd day of July, A.D. 1852, and the 77th year of the Commonwealth.” Pre-printed form, one page on unlined paper, 10” x 8. Affixed with Virginia state seal. Exhibits fold-marks. Else VG. Accompanied by original envelope with blue Richmond post mark applied for three cents postage on July 30.

Essential Text:

THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA / To all those to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:

Know Ye, that our Governor, in pursuance of authority vested in the Executive by law, that constituted and appointed Col. James Dillard, Genl. William S. Loving and Dr. Arthur Hopkins Commissioners for the County of Nelson / to superintend the Election of Electors for a President and Vice-President of the United States, to be held in and for the said County in the present year….Witness, Joseph Johnson, our said Governor…

Joseph Ellis Johnson (December 19, 1785 – February 27, 1877) was a farmer, businessman and politician who served as United States Representative and became the 32nd Governor of Virginia from 1852 to 1856, the first Virginia governor to be popularly elected as well as the only Virginia governor from west of the Appalachian Mountains. During the American Civil War, he sympathized with the Confederacy, but returned to what had become West Virginia for his final years.

Superb Ante-Bellum Commonwealth of Virginia collectible. In protective sleeve.    [jp]

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