Military Commission Signed by Andrew Johnson as President of the United
Andrew Johnson Naval Commission Signed.
Item Number: 101491
Washington: May 1, 1866.
Rare Naval commission signed by Andrew Johnson as President of the United States. One page, partially printed with engraved vignettes and retaining the original orange paper seal, the document is dated May 1, 1866 and appoints Leonard Paulding as Commander in the United States Navy. Signed at the conclusion by Andrew Johnson and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. Leonard Paulding served in the U.S. Navy from 1840 to 1867. Beginning as a midshipman abroad the USS Preble II, he was promoted to an officer on September 14, 1855 and subsequently to commander with the present document. In near fine condition. Matted. The entire piece measures 23 inches by 20 inches.
The 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. . A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded and fought for the quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union. His plans did not give protection to the former slaves; he came into conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives.