Ulysses S. Grant unusual partly printed Document Signed "U.S. Grant" as President in violet ink, one page, 18 x 11 inches, Washington, November 13, 1872 appointing "Middleton Goldsmith a Commissioner on the Commission authorized to be constituted under and by virtue of the act of Congress 'to provide for celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of American independence, by holding an international exhibition of arts, manufactures, and products of the soil and mine, in the City of Philadelphia... in the year eighteen hundred and seventy-six..." Countersigned by Hamilton Fish as Secretary of State. The international exhibition was erected on a 450 section of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia and opened on May 10, 1876, running until the beginning of November. The Centennial Commission charged with planning the exhibition was comprised of nominees of the governors of the several states, Goldsmith being the nominee from Vermont. Exhibits included Peter Rothermels' enormous cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg together with exhibits on art, technology and agriculture. A fine association piece and a relatively scarce document. Marginal losses and two small holes do not affect signature or text, usual folds, else very bright and clean and in very good condition.

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