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    President James Knox Polk - Inventory Number: POL 280

    Historic Free Frank Envelope Cover Addressed: “To the President of the United States”. Unsigned – written in Polk’s hand to New York Governor William L. Marcy while President.

    Polk writes “Hon. Wm. L. Marcy, Sec. of War. – Rec’d Febry 2nd 1848:.- Transcript proceedings of the General Court Marcial in the case of Lieut. Col. Fremont” Top corner of document bears a period annotation “ Mr. Polk and Govr. Marcy’s handwriting”

    During the Mexican American War, he was a major in the U.S. Army and took control of California from the California Republic in 1846. During this time, he led the Sacramento River massacre, Klamath Lake massacre, and Sutter Buttes massacre against Indigenous peoples. Frémont was court-martialed and convicted of mutiny and insubordination after a conflict over who was the rightful military governor of California. His sentence was commuted, and he was reinstated by President James K. Polk, but Frémont resigned from the Army.

    James K. Polk November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. Before he became president, Polk served as the 13th speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and ninth governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). A protégé of Andrew Jackson, he was a member of the Democratic Party and an advocate of Jacksonian democracy. Polk is known for extending the territory of the United States through the Mexican American War during his presidency, annexing the Republic of Texas, the Oregon Territory, and the Mexican Cession after winning the Mexican American War.

    William Learned Marcy (December 12, 1786 – July 4, 1857) was n American lawyer, politician, and judge who served as U.S. Senator, Governor of New York, U.S. Secretary of War and U.S. Secretary of State.

    Comes housed in 8 inch x 14 inch riker display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.

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    Inventory Number: POL 280