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    Martin Van Buren Presidential Appointment Signed appointing William H. Churchill second lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Artillery. One partially printed vellum page, 13.25" x 16.25" sight size, mounted and matted (16.5" x 19.5" overall), Washington, July 25, 1840. Engraved with patriotic and military vignettes and affixed with a white U.S. War Department embossed paper seal. The appointment has been laid down on a board, and is affixed to the mat. Mat is fragile, with several chips along the bottom. Light soiling.

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    The appointment reads in part: "William H. Churchill I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate do appoint Second Lieutenant in the Third Regiment of Artillery in the service of the United States". Countersigned by Joel R. Poinsett as secretary of war.

    William Hunter Churchill, born at Fort Wood, Bedloe Island, New York, was the son of Sylvester Churchill (later) Inspector General of the Army. Graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1840, William Churchill was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the third artillery. He served in the Mexican War and was promoted to brevet-captain in May 1846 for gallantry and distinguished service in the Battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma, Texas. Churchill was wounded at Palo Alto. He was appointed assistant quartermaster with the rank of captain effective March 3, 1847 while serving at Fort Polk, Port Isabel, Texas. Captain Churchill died October 19, 1847 at Fort Polk. His son, Richard Cuyler Churchill was a graduate of the USMA, Class of 1866.

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    April, 2011
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