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    William H. Harrison partly printed Document Signed "Willm Henry Harrison" as Governor and Commander in Chief of the Indiana Territory, one page, 12" x 7.5". Vincennes, September 11, 1809. Appointment of "David Hoover to be a Justice of the Peace, in the county of Dearborn." Embossed 2" diameter paper seal affixed with red wax at lower left. On verso is an Autograph Document Signed "Willm Henry Harrison." In full, "Indiana> Be it known that I William Henry Harrison Governor of said Territory do hereby authorise & appoint Richard Rue Esqr to administer the oaths of office to the within named David Hoover. Given under my hand & seal the eleventh day of Septr 1809." Beneath Harrision's ADS is a faded ADS: "Richard Rue JP," dated September 26, 1809, attesting to his administration of the oaths of office to David Hoover. Richard Rue was the first Justice of the Peace in the Indian Territory. David Hoover (1781-1866) is credited with being the first white man to come to the territory's Whitewater Valley. In 1810, Hoover was appointed Justice of the Peace in newly organized Wayne County. He suggested changing the name of the town of Smithville to Richmond, Indiana, laid out the city and wrote the deeds for the property. In 1815, Hoover was appointed associate judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court. Harrison served as Governor and Commander in Chief of the Indiana Territory from 1801-1813. The document has one mid-horizontal and two vertical folds, none of which touch Harrison's signatures. The left third of the document has separated at the fold with minimal loss of a few letters and there are partial separations at the other two folds with a minor transparent tape repair on verso not near Harrison's writing. The edges are chipped and the document is lightly stained. Harrison's signature on the "Hoover" side is in a clear, unstained area. His handwriting and signature on the "Rue" side is dark with excellent contrast to the light staining. Overall, the document, bearing three full signatures of the 35-year-old future President (including one in the text) is in fair condition worthy of expert restoration.

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    April, 2007
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