Civil War heroes Ulysses S. Grant and Oliver O. Howard made their marks on history through their efforts to preserve the Union during wartime and later protecting the citizenship and rights of African-American “Freedmen”. Presented is a Grant personal check dated 3/7/1868 and made payable to “Gen. O.O. Howard” in the significant amount of $2,000. Signed while serving as the General of the Army as “U.S. Grant” (“9”), this important historical relic is certified Authentic by PSA/DNA. Major General Howard’s prominent endorsement (“7-8”) appears at center of the reverse along with the stylish countersignature of William J. Wilson (“8-9”), who is noted as “cashier”. Measuring 8-1/8 x 2-3/4” the check is imprinted with the heading “Jay Cooke & Co. Bankers” by stationers Corlies, Macy & Co. of 33 Nassau St. NY. Barely perceptible bank cancellation cuts do not contact the signatures and have negligible effect on the check’s appearance. Displaying sharp printed graphics against a clean, off-white background this dynamic payment voucher is affixed at upper right with a 2-cent 1862-1871 George Washington revenue stamp bearing a handwritten “Canceled” notation. More on our website.
This desirable document originates in the year of U.S. Grant's first presidential campaign. Grant went on to serve two terms as POTUS from 1869-1877 and was a major supporter of the “Radical Republicans”, a political faction that vehemently opposed slavery throughout the Civil War and The Reconstruction. Following the war O.O. Howard founded and served as president of Howard University while simultaneously holding the post of commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Banker Jay Cooke was an influential financier who’s efforts were crucial to the Union’s war effort.
The first letter O. of Howard’s name on the payment line is moderately affected by ink migration. Also present is a “Cooke & Co. Paid MAR 9” bank stamp which appears over the amount line. The printed word “bearer” which appears at the end of the Pay to line has several lines drawn through it and a word which appears to be “order” has been handwritten above it.