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Polk, James K. (1795-1849) [Commission of Thomas A. Brady as first lieutenant in Marine Corps]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04619.04 Author/Creator: Polk, James K. (1795-1849) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 6 March 1847 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 40 x 35 cm.

This document is a record of the commission of Thomas A. Brady as first lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Signed by JAmes K. Polk as President and countersigned by J. Mason as Secretary of the Navy. The document is set with engravings t the top and bottom of the page and accompanied by a paper seal on the bottom. Docketed on recto by L. B. Hardin. Attached to previously bound page with tape.

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