DescriptionThomas McKean, Signer of the Declaration of Independence Signs a Pay Order for a Presidential Elector
Offered here is a pay order dated at Harrisburgh, December 5, 1792. Please pay Thomas Bull Esquire on Order twenty one Dollars for seven Days travelling to, remaining at & returning from Harrisburgh, at an Election of a President & Vice President of the United States of America. Signed by order of the Electors Thomas McKean President."
Thomas McKean was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware and also a signer of the Articles of Confederation. He served as Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1777-1779 and was Governor of Pennsylvania from 1799-1808. McKean County, Pennsylvania is named in his honor. He died in 1817 and is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.
At the conclusion of his first term in 1792 George Washington badly wished to retire from public office. He was now sixty years old, his eyesight and hearing were deteriorating and he desired to return to the calm setting of Mount Vernon. There were significant unresolved problems which required his attention, however, including the continuing British-French rivalry. Additionally, the political schism between the Northern and Southern states was becoming more severe to the point that there was talk that the Southern states might try to form a nation of their own. Washington's advisers warned him that the times were too volatile to risk handing off the Presidency to someone lacking his matchless popularity and wisdom. Thus, one more time he won election with John Adams being chosen Vice President. Documents signed by signers of the Declaration of Independence are eagerly sought by collectors. Very Good.
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