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    James A. Garfield Executive Mansion Card Autograph Letter Signed "J A Garfield" as President, in pencil, 4" x 2.75". Executive Mansion, Washington, [1881]. On verso, "To John Sherman" in pencil and "Garfield J.A." in ink, and on front upper left corner "1881" in ink, each in unknown hand. In full, "My Dear Senator - Yours is recd - I hope to have an early opportunity to drive with you, but I have an Engagement..." At the 1880 Republican National Convention, Ohio Congressman and Senator-elect James A. Garfield opposed the renomination of U.S. Grant as President, supporting Ohio Sen. John Sherman's candidacy. Eventually, on the 36th ballot, Garfield was unanimously nominated and was elected President in November. A note written by Garfield to Sherman on May 8, 1881 exists in which the President confirms that he will be glad to ride with him, which would date this card before May 8th. Less than four months after his inauguration, on July 2, 1881, Garfield was assassinated. He lingered for 10 weeks before dying on September 19th. Light soiling at left and lower edges. Mounting remnants on verso, no show-through. Handwritten presidential letters signed by Garfield are extremely rare as are signed Executive Mansion cards. This ALS on an Executive Mansion card is exceedingly rare. Fine condition.

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