Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Francis Spinner, Lincoln's Treasurer of the United States, on War-Date Free Frank. Free Frank, being an Autograph Address Leaf franked as Treasurer of the United States, 8" x 3.75", on the printed letterhead of Treasury of the United States, stamped Washington, August 27, 1862. To Luther Haven, Esq., at the U.S. Depository in Chicago. Some wear to surface, but Fine, and striking, overall. Francis Spinner's Civil War appointment as Treasurer marks a milestone in women's history: he hired female clerks, if only because they weren't subject to military service. But he was the first government administrator to hire women and moreover, he paid them well and defended their employment against critics. He also served the Johnson and Grant administrations. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2006
    20th-21st Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 457

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 14 - 15 Americana & Political.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674