150 Years Since Lincoln’s Presidential Election

Abraham Lincoln, Check Accomplished and  Signed, “A. Lincoln,” Springfield, 21 M[arc]h 1859. Estimate: $6,000 to $9,000.
Today’s election marks 150 years since Abraham Lincoln was elected president, an event that occurred on November 6, 1860. Thursday’s Autographs auction features several lots related to the Great Emancipator. These include a check for $28.48 to Sheriff J[oseph] B. Perkins in 1859 and a party-printed document signed, appointing Benjamin Franklin Rexford as Commissioner of the United States on January 22, 1862. Additionally, the sale’s cover lot, two inscriptions signed by Thomas Edison, declares that Lincoln was Edison’s favorite American hero: “Abraham Lincoln / The clearest cut American / yet born.”