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Stephen A. Douglas, Manuscript Document, Signature

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Stephen Douglas Manuscript Document, Signed.

Douglas moved to Illinois in 1833. By 1834 he was admitted to the Illinois bar. He quickly rose through local the local Democratic party, becoming Illinois State Attorney for Morgan County in 1835.

In this document, Douglas attests to the signatures of Thomas, Luther, and John Whitlock, Thomas being the Executor “of the last will and testament of William Whitlock deceased.”

A bold, large signature! Usual overall toning and folds; small edge tear.

Douglas, Stephen A. (U.S. Sen. from Ill.; engaged in famous debates w/Lincoln for that seat, 1858; Lincoln’s Democratic Pres. opponent, 1860) Manuscript Document, signed “Stephen A. Douglas” (signed when he still used two “s’s” at the end of his name). Morgan County [Ill.] / 2 June 1835. Oblong 8vo.; 1p. + clerk endorsement on the verso.