Best known as the only man to hold office as President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis (d.1889) carved out his place in history through a lifetime of political and military service. The most important position held by Davis as a member of the U.S. Government was his 1853-1857 stint as Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce.
This prestigious cabinet position is noted by an inscription accompanying the offered Davis signature cut. This precise (“8-9”) fountain pen autograph makes its distinctive appearance with the inscription “Sec. of War” on a 4 x 1-1/2” section of paper cut from letter stock. Traces of writing, a partial postal stamp and compacting folds all point to the fact that this signature was taken from a piece of correspondence, most likely of an official nature based on Davis’ inclusion of his title. Though the compacting folds pass through this historic endorsement and the postal stamp makes contact with the loop of the letter “J”, the signature quality is not diminished in any way.
Also included is a modern 8x10 photo with a distinguished portrait image well suited for framed display with the offered signature. Full photo LOA from JSA.