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    James K. Polk and James Buchanan Signed Document Appointing Franklin Pierce U.S. Attorney. Partly printed Document Signed "James K. Polk" as President and "James Buchanan" as Secretary of State, one page, 16.5" x 14.5", on vellum. Washington, February 3, 1846. In part, "Know ye, that, reposing special trust & confidence in the Integrity, Ability & Learning of Franklin Pierce I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Attorney of the United States in & for the District of New Hampshire..." Pierce had previously declined the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Hampshire and, in November 1845, an appointment to the seat in the U. S. Senate made vacant by the resignation of Levi Woodbury who had been appointed to the Supreme Court. On December 29, 1845, President Polk sent to the U.S. Senate a list of nominations of "persons herein named for the offices to which they have been appointed during the last recess of the Senate...Franklin Pierce to be attorney of the United States for the district of New Hampshire, in the place of Joel Eastman, removed." On February 3, 1846, the day Polk and Buchanan signed this document, the Senate consented to Pierce's appointment. Eight months later, Pierce declined Polk's offer to appoint him Attorney General. The document is clean and attractive with usual folds and a perfectly embossed 2"-diameter seal of the United States affixed at the lower left with red wax. Documents signed by two U.S. Presidents are highly desirable. Those appointing a future U.S. President to a federal office, thereby linking three presidents, are virtually non-existent. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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