Washington, D.C. 1837.
Museum-quality offering of Vice President Richard M. Johnson's personal autograph ledger book -- 87 leaves consisting of over 290 signatures, assembled during his tenure in office, 1837 - 1841, and containing most of the signatures of the 27th Congress, five United States Presidents, the complete Van Buren Cabinet, six Supreme Court Justices, and virtually every major national political figure of the era. More importantly, this book is a virtual roll call of the very Senators who elected him Vice President of the United States! And it must not be forgotten that this was the only time in the history of this county that such an event took place. Johnson's ownership signature is boldly written on the blank page following the publisher's indentation with the very next page consisting of Martin Van Buren and his complete Cabinet. The next two pages comprise sitting Supreme Court Justices James M. Wayne, Philip P. Barbour, John McKinley and John Catron. From this point Johnson has divided the book by States, with each respective Senators signing first, followed by members of the House of Representatives, on their designated pages. In addition to Van Buren, some of the more familiar names include John Quincy Adams, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Millard Fillmore, Roger Taney (Chief Justice), Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, Thomas H. Benton, Levi Woodbury Henry A. Wise, William A. Graham, John J. Crittenden, John W. Crockett (Son of Davie Crockett who died at age 44), John Forsyth, Caleb Cushing, Francis Granger, Joel Roberts Poinsett, Henry D. Gilpin, James K. Paulding, Robert M.T. Hunter, John N. Niles, William Smith, Henry Hubbard, J.C. Bates, J.W. Huntington, Joseph Trumbull, Thomas Clayton, Richard H. Bayard, and William C. Preston. Condition: The covers have been strengthened and reinforced. The binding appears tight with only the two center pages loosened. All signatures are boldly written and are generously spaced. Very good(-) condition.
American military officer and Vice-President of the United States. During the Battle of the Thames, October 5th 1813, he was severely wounded while killing the Indian Chief Tecumseh. In 1836 he was nominated for Vice President on the ticket with Martin Van Buren, but he failed to receive a majority of the Electoral vote. Instead, he became the only Vice President ever elected by the United States Senate by a vote of 33 to 16, on February 8, 1837. During his four years in office, Johnson broke 17 tie votes, a record exceeded by only one of his Vice-Presidential successors.
Condition: Very Good(-)