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State Archives Mounts Exhibit of Presidential Signatures Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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The State Archives has mounted an exhibit of Presidential signatures from its collection. The exhibit is housed in two cases located in Memorial Hall of the Museum of Connecticut History at the Connecticut State Library. It will run until the end of 2010.

One case contains signatures of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and will not change. The other will contain signatures of the remaining Presidents and will rotate so that all are on display at some time during the year. Currently this case contains signatures of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Visitors will see the signatures on letters written on White House stationary, military commissions, appointments, certificates of appreciation, certificates of merit, letters patent for land, bounty land grants for military service, and Presidential pardons.

Two highlights include a short note from President Abraham Lincoln dated April 18, 1861 to Connecticut’s Gideon Welles, then serving as Secretary of the Navy, asking him to be at the Executive Mansion at 12 Noon to discuss political appointments in Philadelphia. Also, there is a letter from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Governor Wilbur Cross dated October 23, 1938 in response to Cross’s request for federal aid in clearing away “fallen timber” from the great hurricane that occurred on September 21.

The State Archives hopes this exhibit will provide visitors with a better sense of some of the many treasures in the Connecticut State Library.

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