Morgan Bulkeley's Personal 1790s-1920s "Presidential Cabinet" Autograph Collection
As the first National League president in baseball history (1876), Morgan Bulkeley is a much sought-after signature in his own right, and we've been fortunate to showcase the early Hall of Famer's signed personal effects in our recent auctions. Now the shoe is on the other foot, so to speak, because it turns out that Bulkeley himself was an autograph collector—and he happened to focus his efforts on fellow presidents! U.S. presidents, that is, plus the inner circles of cabinet members who served them. This political theme was quite apt considering that Bulkeley went on to serve as Hartford mayor, Connecticut governor and U.S. Senator before his death in 1922 at age 84.
Thus we proudly present Morgan Bulkeley's presidential cabinet autograph collection spanning George Washington's coterie in the 1790s up through the Harding/Coolidge/Hoover era after World War I. There are 10 presidents and 17 vice presidents represented, plus Daniel Webster, William Jennings Bryan and the Great Compromiser, Henry Clay. Also no fewer than 9 members of Lincoln's famed "Team of Rivals" cabinet, including Salmon Chase and William Seward. Some cabinet members in the collection served multiple positions and/or administrations. The various cuts originate mainly from official documents, letters/envelopes and souvenir cards. They range in size, condition and mounting, yet are uniform in their elegance, scarcity and historical import. Each elite offering comes with an Auction LOA from JSA.
Martin Van Buren 1837-1841 President and Cabinet Members Signed Items (8)
1) Martin Van Buren (President)
2) Richard Johnson (Vice President; only Vice President elected by Senate)
3) Benjamin Butler (Attorney General)
4) John Niles (Postmaster General)
5) James Paulding (Secretary of Navy)
6) Joel Poinsett (Secretary of War; namesake of poinsettias)
7) Felix Grundy (Attorney General)
8) Levi Woodbury (Secretary of Treasury)