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Lincoln, Jr., Levi
Governor of Massachusetts - 1825 to 1834
 
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Lincoln, Jr., Levi (1782-1868)

Levi Lincoln, Jr., son of Governor Levi Lincoln and brother of Governor Enoch Lincoln, was born on October 25, 1782 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He attended Leicester Academy in Leicester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1802. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1805, and established a very successful legal practice in Worcester. He served in the Massachusetts State Senate in 1812 and 1813, and as a member of the State House of Representatives from 1814 through 1822. In 1820, while still a state representative, Lincoln served as a delegate to the Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention. In 1823 he served as lieutenant governor of the state, and in 1824 he secured an appointment on the bench of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. He was elected governor of Massachusetts in 1825, and won his next eight bids for reelection. After declining o run for a tenth term, Lincoln left office on January 2, 1834. He was immediately elected to the United State House of Representatives to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of John Davis, taking office on February 17, 1834. He remained there until his resignation on March 16, 1841, part of the time serving as chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. He was appointed collector of the port of Boston in 1841 by President William Henry Harrison, and served in that capacity until 1843. Lincoln returned to the state senate in 1844 and 1845, and served as mayor of Worcester in 1848. Slowed somewhat due to age, Lincoln served as a Whig presidential elector in 1848, and later as a Republican elector in 1864. Levi Lincoln, Jr. died on May 29, 1868 in Worcester. Massachusetts, and was buried in the local Rural Cemetery. Note - Levi Lincoln Jr .was distantly related to President Abraham Lincoln, both sharing a common ancestor in one Samuel Lincoln, who settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in the 17th Century.

Offered is an official Massachusetts document appointing “Silas Sawyer, Junr. of Templeton” as a “... Pay Master ...” of the “... fifth Regiment of Infantry, in the second Brigade, and sixth Division of the Militia of this Commonwealth ...”. The appointment is being made by “HIS EXCELLENCY Levi Lincoln, GOVERNOR AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE Commonwealth of Massachusetts ...”, and along with the position of Paymaster, Sawyer is to carry the rank of “... Lieutenant ...”. The document is boldly signed at the left by “Levi Lincoln” in his capacity as governor, and at the conclusion by “Edward S. Bangs” as “Secretary of the Commonwealth”. Immediately above Lincoln’s signature is a large, cream colored seal of the commonwealth. The document was issued “... the sixteenth day of July, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty-eight ...”, with a certification of the verso that states “... That Silas Sawyer Jr Commissioned as within, on this 14th day of October A. D. 1828, personally appeared, and took and subscribed the Oaths and Declarations, required by the Constitution and Laws of this Commonwealth ...”. This certification is signed by “Elmer Newton” in his capacity as “Col.” (presumably of the 5th Regiment). Due to the large size of this document, numerous filing folds (both horizontal and vertical) are present. Several small holes have developed at the junctions of these folds, with some paper separations noted at the edges (some have been strengthened with acid free tape). Light toning is present along the fold lines, somewhat darker on the verso. All of the manuscript portions, including Lincoln’s signature are sharp and bold, except for the writing on the verso. Overall measurements are approximately 9.75 x 15.75 inches. A sharp example of this long serving governor.


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