William A. Wheeler III’s interest in history began in childhood, browsing at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. In adolescence Wheeler contracted polio, sparking an admiration for Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other historical heroes whose lives were touched by the condition. As he became a world-renowned expert in the optimization of manufacturing processes, he applied his problem-solving skills to his interest in the fields of both Revolutionary and Presidential Americana.
The American Revolution and U.S. Presidents
This collection offers glimpses of American history both manuscript and printed, with a wide breadth of presidential and revolutionary Americana, including letters signed by George Washington and Thomas Paine; and documents signed by Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere. Printed items include a broadside from Massachusetts in May of 1776, declaring the justice of the rebellion.
Lot 75: Pay order for £12 to express rider Jonathan Park “to enable him to defrey his Expences going express to Philadelphia” to warn the Continental Congress of the imminent arrival of British warships, Massachusetts, 3 May 1776. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 55: Paul Revere, Autograph Document Signed, Boston, 1779. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.