DescriptionWilliam C.C. Claiborne Appointment Signed. One partially-printed page, 7.5" x 7", New Orleans, September 20, 1809. Claiborne, as governor of the Territory of Orleans (Louisiana), here appoints "Wm Dewees & Sam. D. Earle . . . Justices of the Peace in and for the City Suburbs and Precints of New Orleans." Paper loss at the upper left corner from opening at the wax seal. Two small very holes to not affect the text or signature.
Claiborne (1772 or 1775-1817) was the last territorial governor and first state governor of Louisiana (admitted as a state in 1812). Previous to this he served in the United States House of Representatives for Tennessee (he replaced Andrew Jackson) and was superintendent of Indian Affairs in Mississippi Territory. During the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803, he supervised the transfer into U.S. hands. Following his final term as governor, he served in the U.S. Senate until his death.
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