Tucker, Thomas Tudor: Free Frank with Signature

Tucker, Thomas Tudor: Free Frank with Signature
Tucker, Thomas Tudor: Free Frank with Signature

Tucker, Thomas Tudor: Free Frank with Signature

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Tucker, Thomas Tudor (1745–1828)

Signature of Bermuda-born Revolutionary War surgeon and politician

Bermuda-born Revolutionary War surgeon and American politician who represented South Carolina in the Continental Congress and House of Representatives and became United States Treasurer. Clipped free frank. (“free Th.T. Tucker”). 1 page. 12mo. (2 7/8 x 5/8 inches). N.p., N.d.

From a prominent Bermuda family, Thomas studied surgery in Edinburgh before settling in Charleston, South Carolina, where he came to support the cause of the American revolutionaries. In 1776, he was elected to South Carolina’s House of Representatives. He joined the Continental Army as a surgeon, and, in 1787, he represented South Carolina at the Continental Congress. At that historic gathering, he opposed the United States Constitution on the grounds that it gave too much authority to a central government. Nonetheless, he was elected to serve in the first two Congresses after American independence. He was appointed United States treasurer by President Thomas Jefferson and served under the additional administrations of James Madison, James Monroe and John Quincy Adams. He was also Madison’s private physician.

Free franks were the mark (usually a signature and the word ‘free’ in the upper right corner of an envelope) which allowed government officials to send mail through the post free of charge. They have traditionally been a highly sought form of signature by autograph collectors.

Tipped onto a slightly larger yellow sheet. Lightly age toned. In very good condition.

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