GRANT, ULYSSES S. (1822-1885). American general and eighteenth president of the United States. Signed engraving. (“U.S. Grant”). 1p. 8vo. N.p., (December 30, 1875). A lovely signed engraving additionally dated and signed by the engraver, DEWITT CLINTON BAXTER (1829-1881), on the verso.
Grant not only distinguished himself during the Civil War but also excelled in his post-war duties as he supervised Reconstruction, protected the western frontier and liquidated the surpluses of war. As President Johnson’s term drew to a close, Grant’s enormous popularity as commander of the Union Army made him the Republican Party’s obvious choice as its presidential candidate. Grant’s tenure ran from 1869-1877.
Philadelphia engraver DeWitt Clinton Baxter (1829-1881) was known as the artist and publisher of the “The Baxter Panoramic Business Directory.” At the outbreak of the Civil War, he organized and led Baxter’s Fire Zouaves. Badly wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness, he was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General in 1865. After the war, he worked at Philadelphia’s Custom House.
Broadly signed by Grant underneath his resolute bust image. Lightly foxed with some minor wear and in fine condition.