1812 James Madison Signed Presidential Military Appointment (Signature Certified)

1812 James Madison Signed Presidential Military Appointment (Guaranteed Authentic)

Offered here is a gorgeous example of an early American military appointment signed by James Madison and dated May, 1812. In this document, President Madison appoints Alexander McElhenny (Sp.?) to the position of Captain of the 5th Regiment of Infantry. Printed on vellum, this document is in excellent condition and guaranteed to be original and authentic. This is a great opportunity to own a 208-year old museum-quality document signed by our nation’s fourth president.

James Madison, Jr. (March 16, 1751– June 28, 1836)


James Madison, Jr is regarded as the “Father of the Constitution” and was the author of the Bill of Rights. Madison also wrote over a third of the “Federalist Papers,” which was a series of 85 newspaper articles that explained to the public how the proposed Constitution would work. James Madison became the fourth president of the United States. As with Thomas Jefferson, his most significant contributions to American history came before his presidency. Madison served in the first Congress under the new Constitution and was considered to be the expert on the Constitution. As Jefferson’s Secretary of State (1801-1809), Madison supervised the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation’s size. As president, he led the nation into the War of 1812, in response to England’s impressment of American seamen. After successfully standing up to England in this war, Americans felt that their nationhood and honor had been vindicated and a new era of growth, trade and prosperity began. Madison's most distinctive belief as a political theorist was the principle of divided power. He believed that "parchment barriers" were not sufficient to protect the rights of citizens. Power must be divided, both between federal and state governments, and within the federal government to protect individual rights from the tyranny of the majority. In one of his most famous roles, he drafted the first ten amendments to the Constitution and thus is also known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights". Madison worked closely with President George Washington to organize the new federal government. Breaking with Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in 1791, Madison and Thomas Jefferson organized what they called the Republican Party (later called by historians the Democratic-Republican Party) and engaged in numerous other historically significant endeavors that established the United States of America as the great country it is today.


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This document will be housed in a hard plastic, archival quality, protective sleeve.


Document: 18 x 15 inches. Protective sleeve: 22 x 20 inches.  

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