Elections & Inaugurations

Newspaper reporting of elections and inaugurations, including those with inaugural addresses, are some of the most sought after collectibles amongst rare newspaper enthusiasts.  Reading about these historic political events within the context of other news of the day provides great depth to our understanding of these highly energized occasions.  Please enjoy!

Elections & Inaugurations

Newspaper reporting of elections and inaugurations, including those with inaugural addresses, are some of the most sought after collectibles amongst rare newspaper enthusiasts.  Reading about these historic political events within the context of other news of the day provides great depth to our understanding of these highly energized occasions.  Please enjoy!
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666070

Election of Patrick Henry sets the stage for his famous speech... So much more...

Item #666070

March 17, 1775

THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE (with Supplement), Williamsburg, Mar. 17, 1775



* Very rare Colonial Virginia publication

* Election of Patrick Henry




This newspaper was published by Alexander Purdie, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War.

The entire front page is a terrific letter: "To the ... See More  

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686717

Washington to arrive for his inauguration... The new federal government begins their work...

Item #686717

April 06, 1789

PENNSYLVANIA PACKET, Philadelphia, April 6, 1789  On this very day the votes for President were counted in the Senate, the result showing Washington was elected (not reported here).

Page 2 item from Boston notes that many men elected as federal representatives have declined the honor due to "private affairs". Also: "A Proclamation" for a day of fasting & prayer, signe... See More  

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658437

Washington & Samuel Fraunces run a tight household... Hancock re-elected...

Item #658437

May 13, 1789

THE MASSACHUSETTS CENTINEL, Boston, May 13, 1789  The front page has: "Proceedings of the Legislature of the Union" from the earliest days of the new federal government, dates from May 4-6, which includes some discussion concerning the Constitution.

A pg. 2 item from New York, dated May 6 (just 6 days after Washington's inauguration) is headed: "The President'
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679892

First inauguration of George Washington...

Item #679892

July 16, 1789

THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 16, 1789 



* President George Washington

* First inauguration (historic)




Certainly one of the more desirable events to have in a period newspaper is the first inauguration of George Washington. American issues with such content are virtually unobtainable today, and reports in any newspapers worldwide are extremely uncommon.

Here is a nice report of t... See More  

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677063

George Washington is elected President of the United States...

Item #677063

February 20, 1793

NATIONAL GAZETTE, Philadelphia, Feb. 20, 1793



* President George Washington

* Historic 2nd election victory




Nearly three-quarters of the front page is taken up with an address: "To ALEXANDER HAMILTON, Secretary of the Treasury of he United States". This is followed, on page 2, with a second analysis of America's financial situation.

But by far the most significant ite
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668125

Sam Adams is elected governor...

Item #668125

May 11, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, May 11, 1796 



* Samuel Adams, Massachusetts governor

* 18th century American original




Page 2 has a very brief report: "His Excellency Samuel Adams is re-elected Governor of this Commonwealth, for the year ensuing: by a majority of about 2000 votes."



Four pages, irregular at the right margin, paper flaw to front leaf causing a blank spot on pg. 2... See More  

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676902

Sam Adams and George Washington letters... Adams is elected President...

Item #676902

December 28, 1796

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 28, 1796  



* George Washington letter

* John Adams & Thomas Jefferson

* Presidential election




The front page has nearly a full column taken up with an Act from the Massachusetts Legislature which is signed in type: Samuel Adams. Page 2 contains a letter signed in type by the President: Geo. Washington.

Also on page 2 are the "Votes For Presid... See More  

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676790

John Adams is elected President of the United States...

Item #676790

February 01, 1797

NEW YORK MAGAZINE OR LITERARY REPOSITORY, February, 1797  The most notable report is the announcement that John Adams has been elected President of the United States.

A report near the back notes in part: "Yesterday, agreeable to a provision of the Constitution...the members...assembled...to count the votes of the Electors for, and determined the election of, a President and Vice Presid... See More  

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665533

John Adams is elected President...

Item #665533

February 09, 1797

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES & PHILADELPHIA DAILY ADVERTISER, Feb. 9, 1797 



* John Adams presidential election win

* Thomas Jefferson as vice president




Page 3 has a very notable list headed: "The following is a statement of all the votes as declared by the Tellers:" and what follows are the total electoral votes for President, the highest number won by Adams with 71, Jeff... See More  

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677066

Details on the Presidential election of 1796...

Item #677066

February 22, 1797

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, Feb. 22, 1797 



* John Adams presidential election

* Thomas Jefferson as vice president




Page 2 has a report from the "Proceedings of the Columbian Federal Congress" concerning the process for tallying votes for President & Vice President: "...that the two Houses shall assemble in the chamber of the House of Represen... See More  

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682538

Adams's inauguration: the peaceful transfer of power...

Item #682538

March 13, 1797

THE CONNECTICUT COURANT, Hartford, March 13, 1797



* John Adams inauguration

* Thomas Jefferson




A very historic issue as it reports the true test of the great American republic: the peaceful transfer of power. 

Page 2 has a report noting in part: "On Saturday at twelve o'clock...soon after his election, JOHN ADAMS as President of the United States attended in the Chamber of th... See More  

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645101

Results of the election for governor... Naval news...

Item #645101

June 02, 1798

THE WEEKLY MUSEUM, New York, June 2, 1798  Page 3 has results of the: "Election" for Governor, showing a majority for Livingstone over John Jay. Also: "An Act More Effectually to Protect the Commerce & Coasts of the United States".

Four pages, 9 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches.

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667545

Jefferson's response upon being notified of being elected President...

Item #667545

March 11, 1801

THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, March 11, 1801  Page 3 has, under: "President Elect" a report: "The Committee instructed on the 18th instant to wait the President Elect and notify him of his election, REPORT--that they have, according to order performed that service, and addressed the President elect in the following words, to wit: 'The committee beg le... See More  

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685045

Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address...

Item #685045

March 09, 1805

NEW YORK HERALD, March 9, 1805  A very historic issue as over half of page 2 is taken up with Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address for his second term as President, introduced with: "This day at 12 o'clock THOMAS JEFFERSON, President of the United States, took the oath of office and delivered the following Inaugural Speech i the Senate Chamber in the presence of the two Houses an... See More  

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687999

Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address...

Item #687999

March 09, 1805

NEW-ENGLAND PALLADIUM, Boston, March 15, 1805  A very historic issue as nearly 2 columns on page 2 are taken up with Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address for his second term as President.

It is introduced with: "On the 4th inst. at 12 o'clock Mr. Jefferson appeared in the Chamber of the Senate of the United States, where his re-election was declared, and the neces... See More  

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667482

Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address...

Item #667482

March 14, 1805

BOSTON GAZETTE, March 14, 1805 



* President Thomas Jefferson

* Inauguration - inaugural address




Page 2 has the lengthy: "President Jefferson's Speech" which is his inaugural address, introduced with: "This day, at 12 o'clock, Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States, took the oath of office & delivered the following Inaugural Speech..." which tak... See More  

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673062

James Monroe leads in the election... Navy seeks a depot in the Chesapeake...

Item #673062

February 15, 1817

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 15, 1817  Featured is a chart showing that James Monroe is in the lead for Presidency of the United States. Another report has much detail on: "Cleopatra's Barge".

Five pages are taken up with considerable detail on: "Naval Depot" "Report of the Secretary of the Navy...Information Relating to the Selection of a Site for... See More  

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622032

Monroe wins the Presidential election...

Item #622032

February 19, 1817

NEW YORK SPECTATOR, Feb. 19, 1817  The top of the front page as an announcing: "According to the provisions of the constitution the votes...for President and Vice President were yesterday counted...was officially proclaimed by the President of the Senate that JAMES MONROE is elected President...and DANIEL D. TOMPKINS is elected Vice President..." (see).

Four pages, never-trimmed ma... See More  

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686282

Inauguration of President James Monroe...

Item #686282

March 08, 1817

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 8, 1817



* President James Monroe

* Inauguration - Inaugural Address




 Certainly the best content is the coverage of: "The Inauguration" of James Monroe as President. The reporting begins on the front page & includes a note signed in type: James Monroe, with most of the second column taken up with the beginning of his inaugural address ... See More  

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681522

Bounty land for military veterans... On Monroe's inauguration...

Item #681522

April 12, 1817

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington D.C., April 12, 1817  The front page has: "The Late Inauguration" with talk on some details of James Monroe's inauguration.

Page 3 has a reward ad for a runaway slave, and a report from the "War Department" concerning those entitled to bounty lands for serves in the military during the War of 1812.

Four pages, some period doodling a... See More  

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682468

Bounty land for military veterans... On Monroe's inauguration...

Item #682468

June 24, 1817

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington D.C., June 24, 1817  The front page has a report of the travels of the President on the steam boat Fulton, landing at Staten Island & his visits to the fort at Harlem Heights. Also to runaway reward ads. Page 3 has a runaway reward ad as well.

Four pages, nice condition.

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680641

James Monroe's inaugural address...

Item #680641

March 10, 1821

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 10, 1821 



* President James Monroe

* Inauguration - inaugural address




Beginning at the bottom of the front page is: "Inaugural Speech", which has a prefacing paragraph which includes: "On Monday last, the 5th of March, in the great hall of the house of representatives...chief justice Marshall administered the oath of office to... See More  

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672155

James Monroe's inaugural address...

Item #672155

March 10, 1821

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 10, 1821  Beginning at the bottom of the front page is: "Inaugural Speech", which has a prefacing paragraph which includes: "On Monday last, the 5th of March, in the great hall of the house of representatives...chief justice Marshall administered the oath of office to Mr. Monroe, previous to his entering upon the duties of his second... See More  

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672083

The Presidential election... American Indians: Choctaw, Osage, Creeks...

Item #672083

December 04, 1824

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 4, 1824  Among the articles are: "Presidential Election" which has a chart showing states and votes for each, plus another report of the Alabama votes for President by county.

Also inside: "LaFayette & the Sons of the Forest" being an emotional heart-felt meeting of Choctaw Indian chiefs and General LaFayette, which is ironi... See More  

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680056

Andrew Jackson is elected President...

Item #680056

January 01, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 1, 1825 



* General Andrew Jackson elected president



The first article at the top of page 1 has a small head: "Presidential Election" with the report noting: "It being ascertained that Louisiana has given three votes to gen. Jackson & two to Mr. Adams, as president--(and an undivided vote for Mr. Calhoun as vice president), w... See More  

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674848

The controversial election of 1824...

Item #674848

February 19, 1825

GLOBE & EMERALD, Philadelphia, Feb. 19, 1825  Page 6 has the chart of the: "Election of President of the United States", a very controversial election which would be decided by the House of Representatives, John Quincy Adams becoming the winner. The text carries over to page 7.

Eight pages, 14 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches, good condition.... See More  

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682592

The Maryland "Jew Bill" finally passes... Inaugural address of John Quincy Adams...

Item #682592

March 05, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 5, 1825 



* Inaugural address of John Quincy Adams 

* Approval of the Maryland "Jew Bill"




Without question the most notable content is the page 3 report headed: "Maryland" which states in part: "The legislature of this state adjourned on Saturday last. The 'Jew bill', as it is called--or a bill to alter t... See More  

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644853

Short-lived campaign newspaper to elect Andrew Jackson...

Item #644853

July 26, 1828

UNITED STATES' TELEGRAPH--EXTRA, Washington, July 26, 1828  This was a campaign journal "...devoted exclusively to the Presidential election..." as stated in the masthead. It was published by Duff Green, who had come to Washington to establish a newspaper to promote the candidacy of Andrew Jackson. Mott says, "Green proved to be of the hard-hitting politician type of editor... See More  

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644278

Election of Andrew Jackson... Cherokee Indians & land troubles...

Item #644278

November 22, 1828

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 22, 1828  One of the front page reports has a small head: "The Election" which begins: "The most anxious & ardent, as well as the most rude & ruthless political contest that ever took place in the United States, is now decided in the election of a large majority of electors pledged to the support of gen. Andrew Jackson for the... See More  

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672085

Inauguration & inaugural address of Andrew Jackson...

Item #672085

March 07, 1829

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 7, 1829  An inside page has a nice article headed: "The Inauguration" which begins with details of the proceedings including: "...in the presence of an immense concourse of spectators, filling the portico, the steps...the president of the United States delivered his inaugural address as given below, and having concluded it, the oath ... See More  

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680468

Last signer of the Declaration of Independence dies... Jackson re-elected...

Item #680468

November 17, 1832

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 17, 1832



* Andrew Jackson re-elected President

* Death of Charles Carroll : signer of the Declaration of Independence




The front page has a lengthy editorial which begins:

"The presidential election has so far proceeded as to render the result certain, that "Andrew Jackson of Tennessee" will be re-elected president, and 'Martin ... See More  

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668142

Andy Jackson is elected President, in a Washington, D.C., newspaper...

Item #668142

February 14, 1833

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 1833 



* President Andrew Jackson election



Page 3 has a notable report on the results of the: "Presidential Election" noting in part: "The hour of one having arrived,  the Senate  attended...the President of the senate...proceed to open the votes of the electors in the several states for President and Vice Presid... See More  

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672197

Inauguration & inaugural address of President Andrew Jackson...

Item #672197

March 09, 1833

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 9, 1833 



* General President Andrew Jackson

* Inauguration - inaugural address




Certainly the best content in this issue is the inside page account of: "The Inauguration" which is followed by the: "Inaugural Address Of The President Of the United States, Fourth of March, 1833" which takes over half a page This was the inau... See More  

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570754

Election returns... Runaway ad...

Item #570754

November 22, 1836

HANOVER HERALD, Hanover, Pennsylvania, November 22, 1836. Page 3 features the Official Returns for President and Vice President for Pennsylvania along with the Electoral Election results.  The front page of the issue contains a $25.00 Reward for a runaway apprentice. This contains other news and advertisements of the day. This is complete in four pages with scattered lite foxing, otherwise in... See More  

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649931

Martin Van Buren is elected President of the United States...

Item #649931

February 11, 1837

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Feb. 11, 1837  Near the back is a report from Congress which includes, in part, a report of the formal election of Martin Van Buren as President, evidenced by a chart of the electoral vote by state.

The text reads in part: "...the return of electoral votes from each state was opened, read & recorded...After the counting of the votes was complet... See More  

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687900

Jackson's farewell, and Van Buren's inauguration...

Item #687900

March 11, 1837

NEW YORK OBSERVER, March 11, 1837



* Martin Van Buren inauguration

* Andrew Jackson farewell address




 Pages 2 and 3 contain the lengthy: "Farewell Address of Andrew Jackson" signed by him in type at its conclusion: Andrew Jackson. In it he reiterated his policies one final time. He appeal to the different regions of the country to place their loyalty to the Union above all els... See More  

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687962

Harrison wins the election: in a Washington, D.C. newspaper...

Item #687962

November 09, 1840

THE GLOBE, Washington, D.C., Nov. 9, 1840



* William Henry Harrison

* Presidential election victory




Perhaps there can be no better newspaper to report a Presidential election than one from the nation's capital.

Page 3 begins with: "The Election" "It becomes our duty to announce to the public that we have received returns of the elections in a sufficient number of the stat... See More  

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671429

William H. Harrison is elected President...

Item #671429

November 14, 1840

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 14, 1840 



* William Henry Harrison

* 1840 election victory




Page 2 has a report headed: "Presidential Election" which begins: "Sufficient returns are received to place the result beyond all question. It is now certain that William Henry Harrison will be elected president, and John Tyler, vice president of the United States...... See More  

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688512

Harrison wins the Presidential election...

Item #688512

February 03, 1841

KENDALL'S EXPOSITOR, Washington, D.C., Feb. 3, 1841  The back page has a chart noting the: "Official - Popular Vote For President" for both Harrison and Van Buren, listed by state, showing a close election: 11,268,752 vs. 1,123,057.

This was an uncommon title which lasted but 4 years. The prospectus (not here) notes it was a semi-weekly devoted to "...the security of the r... See More  

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644898

William Henry Harrison wins the presidential election...

Item #644898

February 19, 1841

NEW-HAMPSHIRE PATRIOT AND STATE GAZETTE, Concord, Feb. 19, 1841 



* William Henry Harrison

* Presidential election victory




Page 3 has: "Presidential Vote" which is the official chart of the electoral votes certified by the tellers and announced by the Vice President to the Congress. It shows 234 votes for Harrison and 60 for Van Buren. Also a detailed report: "Arrival Of ... See More  

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666634

Detailed plans for Harrison's inaugural...

Item #666634

March 03, 1841

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 3, 1841 





* President William Henry Harrison

* Eve of his inauguration - inaugural

* From the city where it happened - rare




A terrific newspaper for the content found on page 3, which has considerable detail on the plans for the inauguration of William Henry Harrison which happened on the following day.

The first 1 1/2 columns ar... See More  

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687963

Rare same-day report of Harrison's inauguration...

Item #687963

March 04, 1841

THE GLOBE, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1841  



* President William Henry Harrison inauguration

* Very rare same-day report from nation's capital




A terrific & very desirable newspaper as this has a same-day report on the inauguration of President Wm. H. Harrison.

Such a report is likely only to be found in a newspaper from the nation's capital, however we have had several iss... See More  

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683189

President Harrison's inaugural address...

Item #683189

March 06, 1841

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, March 6, 1841



* William Henry Harrison

* Presidential inauguration




 Taking most of the front page, all of pgs. 2 & 3 & half of page 4 is: "The Inaugural Address" of Gen. William Henry Harrison, March 4, 1841...", which was obviously very lengthy, so lengthy & delivered outdoors on a very cold & wet day that he caug... See More  

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687945

"Extra" edition with Harrison's inaugural address...

Item #687945

March 06, 1841

COURANT--EXTRA, Hartford, Connecticut, March 6, (1841)  



* William Henry Harrison

* Presidential inauguration

* Inaugural address




An uncommon single sheet "Extra" broadsheet with most of the front page taken up with the: "Inaugural Address or President Harrison" carrying over to page 2.

William Henry Harrison has the dubious distinction of being the first Presiden... See More  

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688275

Inauguration of President William H. Harrison, in a Washington newspaper...

Item #688275

March 17, 1841

KENDALL'S EXPOSITOR, Washington, D.C., March 17, 1841



* William Henry Harrison

* Presidential inauguration




This was an uncommon title which lasted but 4 years. The prospectus (not here) notes it was a semi-weekly devoted to "...the security of the right of suffrage by additional laws to punish bribery & fraud...an exposure of abuses & corruptions in government..." and ... See More  

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684787

Death of John Murrell, the famous "land pirate"... Complaints of election fraud...

Item #684787

November 29, 1844

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington D.C., Nov. 29, 1844 



* John Murrell death - "land pirate"

* Mississippi River outlaw




A front page report about the "Death Of Murrell" says: "The Chattanooga Gazette of the 16th announces the death, at Pikeville, Tennessee, of the notorious John A. Morrell, whose name as 'land pirate' figured so frequently in the press... See More  

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687939

Polk's inaugural address...

Item #687939

March 05, 1845

THE BROOKLYN EAGLE, New York, March 5, 1845  Page 2 contains the: "Inaugural Address" of President James K. Polk, although he did not sign the document. This report is just one day after his inauguration.

Four pages, nice condition.

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682109

Polk's inauguration... Florida joins the Union...

Item #682109

March 08, 1845

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 8, 1845 



* President James K. Polk

* Inauguration - inaugural address

* Florida statehood - joins the union




The front page begins with a report headed: "Inauguration of President Polk" noting in part: "...The arrangements were admirable...The ceremony at the Capitol was very imposing...President Polk, quitting the Capitol after the ... See More  

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687965

Nice on the Taylor election...

Item #687965

November 09, 1848

EVANSVILLE WEEKLY JOURNAL, Indiana, Nov. 9, 1848  The front page begins with a nice, graphic notice supporting Zachary Taylor for President.

Page 3 has a similar graphic with some election results: "We have the satisfaction to announce to our readers this morning the following telegraphic despatch received..." followed by a list of ten states: "...gone for Taylor sure. The Whi... See More  

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583417

The tragedies of dividing slave families...Zachary Taylor elected president...

Item #583417

November 15, 1848

NEW YORK SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, November 15, 1848 Page three contains an article entitled "The Slave Trade" which deals with the tragedies which occur when families foresee that they may possible be separated. This includes inducing their own bodily harm and even their to the point of their own death instead of being separated. "That was a most merciful attempt that was made in the la... See More  

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