Price: $75,000 THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION THE ONLY KNOWN PRIVATELY OWNED COPY OF THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR INAUGURATING GEORGE WASHINGTON THE THIRD DOCUMENT PRINTED BY THE NEW UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT Printed Broadside, The Committees of Both Houses of Congress, appointed to take order for conducting the ceremonial of the formal reception, & of the President of … [ Read More ]
Signatures of US Presidents
Presidential autographs, signatures, signed letters, and signed documents of all presidents of the United States are not as rare as most people believe. The only true rarities are of those who died in office, and they are rare only in autograph signatures and signed documents created while serving as president. The more famous the president, the more likely that he had a career during which he signed many autograph pieces, letters and documents. Also, the more important the presidency, and the better known a president was afterwards, the greater the likelihood that his autograph signatures, signed letters, and signed documents would be saved and treasured by later generations. The number of autographed pieces created, however, does not translate into lower values among the most famous presidents. The demand for their signed pieces is such that, despite the number of signed letters and signed documents created, their values remain relatively high. The less well-known presidents are in demand only by collectors forming complete sets of presidential autograph signatures, signed letters, and signed documents.
George Washington signed many documents as the first president, and also signed many Army discharge documents at the end of the American Revolution. He has always been in great popular demand, and values reflect this. John Adams, who was a highly accomplished early statesman in many roles, as well as president, is far less common in signed letters and signed documents than his contemporaries, and his values are commensurate with the scarcity of his signed documents. Thomas Jefferson had a lifelong public career, beginning with the governorship of Virginia and ending with the presidency. He produced many signed documents, as well as signed letters, but the latter have been heavily collected by institutional libraries, notably the University of Virginia, which he founded, and they are not frequently encountered. Andrew Jackson had an important military career before becoming president, but did not sign all that many documents that have survived; he is much more available in signed documents as president. Abraham Lincoln is the most popular president among collectors of autograph signatures, signed letters, and signed documents. Despite the fact he was assassinated, he is available to collectors because he signed many presidential documents during his four years as president. Everything signed by Lincoln has been treasured and in demand since 1865. As a military leader, Ulysses S. Grant was required to sign many documents, and after the Civil War, he signed many cards with his autograph signature. Also during this period, he wrote and signed letters which were also saved, as his name was synonymous with winning the Civil War. Presidential documents were also treasured and are available today to collectors of both Civil War leaders and presidents. Theodore Roosevelt had a long career in many different capacities, several of which required him to sign letters and documents, and he was well-known enough throughout the country that his signed pieces were saved.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, our longest-serving president, signed a large number of letters as president, though not very many documents, and the recipients of his letters always preserved them. Harry Truman's common sense approach to being a president, and the very important decisions he had to make, ranging from dropping the atomic bomb on Japan to the conducting of the Korean War, have ranked him as one of the best presidents. After his presidency, Truman was happy to autograph photographs, sign books and sign letters for those who wrote to him, and he is one of the most available of all of the important presidents. Dwight Eisenhower is of great appeal as the World War II general, and increasingly in demand as president. In both roles, he signed many pieces, though his World War II autograph signatures, signed letters, and signed documents are much less common than his presidential ones. John F. Kennedy established a policy of not signing most of his letters when he was congressman, senator, and then president. He designated secretaries to sign almost everything that was not signed with an autopen. Kennedy, therefore, is much scarcer in autograph signatures, signed letters, and signed documents than his public career would indicate, and the demand for him has always been very strong. Ronald Reagan had Kennedy's attitude toward not personally signing letters, and despite the many different positions that he held, including governor of California, is not at all common in autograph signatures, signed letters, and signed documents.
Please browse our selection of presidential autographs, signatures, signed letters, signed documents and memorabilia or you may search our entire inventory alphabetically, by name or by category.
Price: $17,500 President. Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, quarto, Hermitage, November 30, 1844. To William Prescott, the American historian and conservative Whig, defending James K. Polk, the Democratic president-elect, against false accusations made by the Whigs concerning his slave holdings in Mississippi. “Your letter of the 7th instant reached me under course of mail, and … [ Read More ]
Price: $17,500 President and First Lady. Their Christmas card for 1963, signed by each, “John Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy” beneath the printed words, “With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.” The gold embossed presidential seal appears at the top of the card. The card shows on its front cover the crèche in … [ Read More ]
Price: $5,000 President of the United States. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, one page, oblong octavo, undated, framed with a fine signature, Lincoln & Herndon, mounted below. As a young attorney, Abraham Lincoln pens a legal manuscript concerning a case of arson: Besides the title papers, one of which I have, and the other of which, Officers … [ Read More ]
Price: $22,500 President of the United States. Autograph Letter Signed, A. Lincoln, one page, octavo, Washington, D.C., November 7, 1863. On imprinted stationery of the Executive Mansion, to Capt. Isaac R. Diller. “I must decline to take charge of Dr. Wetherell’s interests. If he presents a claim to Congress or to the Court of Claims, … [ Read More ]
Price: $15,000 President of the United States. Autograph Letter Signed, A. Lincoln, one page, octavo, April 2, 1862. “I would suggest that Hon. Stephen T. Logan of Springfield, Illinois, and Col. James Mitchell, of Freehob in the same state, be appointed a commissioner to examine into claims etc. at Cairo — the said commissioners to … [ Read More ]
Price: $9,500 President of the United States. Autograph Letter Signed, “Love / Dutch,” as President, December 7, 1981, one page, quarto, on White House stationery. To “Hup” (the widow of the Iowa radio station program director who gave Ronald Reagan his first job 49 years earlier). With the original White House envelope [postmarked December 7, … [ Read More ]
Price: $850 President. Document Signed Ronald Reagan, ten pages, large quarto, June 18, 1952. Headed Minutes of the Meeting of the Motion Picture Industry Council, Held in the Board Room of the Association of Motion Picture Producers. Reagan signs the minutes as secretary of the MPIC. The minutes report on various items, including the proposed … [ Read More ]
Price: $12,500 President. Autograph Letter Signed and Typewritten Letter Signed, each one page, small oblong quarto and quarto, January 1 and January 22, 1934. To Walter J. Cummings, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. On New Year’s Day Franklin D Roosevelt writes: “I congratulate you and Mr. Bennett and Mr. O’Connor because you have … [ Read More ]
Price: $10,000 President. Partly printed Document Signed, one page, narrow oblong quarto, November 4, 1932. Franklin D Roosevelt signs a “Return Receipt” acknowledging that the candidate’s name is correctly placed on the ballot: “To Burt E. Burnett, County Clerk for the County of Jackson / I hereby acknowledge receipt by registered mail, of proof copy … [ Read More ]
Price: $12,500 President. Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, April 7, 1932. On his name-imprinted State of New York Executive Chamber stationery, to Mr. J. Osborn Brink in Monrovia, California. Headed “Personal” at the top in Franklin D Roosevelt’s hand. With original envelope and a letter from Roosevelt to U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner, dated … [ Read More ]
Price: $17,500 President. Typewritten Manuscript Signed, one page, small quarto, Washington, D.C., January 25, 1936. On White House Stationery. “Abraham Lincoln was not a son of the North or of the South. Born in Kentucky and nurtured in the very heart of our land, the scope of his intellect and of his sympathies was co-extensive … [ Read More ]
Price: $2,750 President. Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, quarto, Hyde Park, New York, September 14, no year. On his name-imprinted stationery, to Dear Mr. Roberts. “I’m sorry, but still I don’t understand about the certificates. These are for 6,000 shares, the full amount to go to the organizers-and I understand that while they were to … [ Read More ]
Price: $500 President. Typewritten Letter Signed, FDR, two very full pages, quarto, Hyde Park, August 10, 1929. As Governor of New York, to Carp. After thanking Carp for his letter, Franklin D Roosevelt notes that he is home for “three comparatively quiet days interspersed by only one speech each day before I leave on Monday … [ Read More ]
Price: $6,750 President. Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, New York, May 9, 1918. On imprinted stationery of The Kansas City Star, to William M. Stuart in Canisteo, New York. “That’s a very kind and friendly letter. Believe me I appreciate it to the full. I am particularly pleased to hear from you because as … [ Read More ]
Price: $9,500 President. Typewritten Letter Signed, two pages, quarto, on White House stationery, dated from Oyster Bay, New York, July 2, 1908. With original envelope to the Rev. William Potts George, in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The President sends an expression of his very deep appreciation of the action of the New York Preachers Meeting … [ Read More ]
Price: $7,500 President of the United States. Attractive sepia tone photograph of the twenty-sixth president of the United States, Signed on the mount (which is an integral part of the photograph) below, “Theodore Roosevelt / Sagamore Hill / 1918.” The photograph measures 4 inches wide by 6 inches high; overall measurements are 7 inches wide … [ Read More ]