Skip to main content


    James Garfield Document Signed as President

    Scarce James A. Garfield Document Signed as President A partly-printed DS "James A. Garfield", one page, 8" x 10", Washington, April 15, 1881, authorizing and directing "the Secretary of State to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to a warrant commuting the sentence imposed on Skokee otherwise 'Turtle'". The President's signature boldly adorns the document and measures more than 4" across. He signs his first name in full, a much scarcer version of his signature. Garfield holds the dubious distinction of serving the second shortest presidential term in U.S. history. His term was cut short by Charles Guiteau, a disappointed office seeker, who shot the president on July 2, 1881. Garfield lived another ten weeks, finally expiring on September 19, 1881. Garfield's autograph as President is uncommon and very desirable. The document has two horizontal folds well away from the signature, remaining in near fine condition and ideal for display.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    25th-26th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 837

    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
    Only 7 days left to consign to the 2018 June 10 - 11 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Chicago!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $326,146