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Johnson, Cave

SKU: AUT3423

$25.00



Cave Johnson (January 11, 1793 – November 23, 1866) was for fourteen years a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Tennessee. He was also the United States Postmaster General under James K. Polk from 1845–1849.  Autograph Slip Writing Signed, n.d. -  3 x 2 mounted 5 x 3 written in blk ink on verso and writing in the hand of the author on recto and cut from an ALS.  Nice clear and deep golden 'age-toning' seen overall, fine condition.  

"Cave Johnson (January 11, 1793 - November 23, 1866) was for fourteen years a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Tennessee. He was also the United States Postmaster General under James K. Polk from 1845-1849. He was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, and died in Clarksville, Tennessee.

During his tenure at Postmaster General he shifted the postal service from a collect on delivery postage delivery system to a prepaid postal delivery system by introducing the postage stamp in 1847. He is also credited with introducing street corner mail boxes in urban areas. He later served as president of the Bank of Tennessee from 1854 to 1860.

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