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    Abraham Lincoln 1863 Autograph Endorsement Signed "A. Lincoln". One page, 4.25" x 6", excised from a larger document, no place [Washington], October 16, 1863. Lincoln places his endorsement on a request to promote Col Jno. W. Foster of the 65th Indiana Volunteers to the rank of brigadier general. Lincoln writes: "Submitted to the Sec. of War and General-in-Chief A. Lincoln Oct. 16, 1863". Interestingly, this particular officer achieved some amount of fame in his own right. John Watson Foster was born in Petersburg, Indiana and became a lawyer before his service in the Civil War. After a distinguished career in the service attaining the rank of brigadier general, he went back to his home in Indiana and became editor of the Evansville Daily Journal. He gained prominence in the Republican Party and, from 1873 to 1885, served in several diplomatic posts. He is considered by some to be America's first professional diplomat. In 1892, he was named secretary of state during Benjamin Harrison's administration. Two of his grandchildren were also involved in public service, John Foster Dulles who served as secretary of state under Eisenhower, and Allen W. Dulles who served as C.I.A Director. One fold through the middle of the document affects nothing, overall fine condition.

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