Presidents and Political Leaders

Back to main listings

listing photo listing photo
Presidential appointment of his Attorney General
.Grant, Ulysses S.

An almost unobtainable example of a presidential appointment to the Cabinet. Grant appoints Edwards Pierrepont as Attorney General of the United States. This appointment is in very good condition with strong signatures by Grant and his Secretary of State Hamilton Fish. There are flattened folds Usual folds have been reinforced on the back and there is one small area of show-through from a small strip of old non-archival tape on the back that has since been removed. Pierrepont served as Grant’s fourth of five Attorney Generals, lasting 13 months before being appointed as the U.S. Minister to Great Britain. In spite of a short tenure he left a mark in fighting corruption that swirled around the Grant Administration. His most famous case was breaking up the corrupt Whiskey Ring, a scheme to avoid taxes. This one got particularly close to Grant when Pierrepont unsuccessfully prosecuted the president’s personal secretary, former General Orville Babcock. Prior to being named Attorney General he was the lead prosecutor against John Surratt for involvement in the Lincoln assassination.