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United States Lottery [Revolutionary War era United States Continental lottery ticket]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.23.01 Author/Creator: United States Lottery Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Printed document signed Date: 1776 Pagination: 1 p. ; 5 x 15 cm

Summary of Content: Third class lottery ticket, numbered D5m276, signed by John Mease. Indicates the lottery authorized by a congressional resolution on 18 November 1776. The lottery was established to fund the Revolutionary War. Accompanied by letter about the lottery (see GLC01412.23.02).

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: LotteryCongressRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryFinanceEconomicsContinental Congress

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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