Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826) & Madison, James (1751-1836) - Land Grant signed by both
3. President of the United States and 4. President of the United States. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison Signed Land Grant “Th:Jefferson” and “James Madison”. Partly printed on vellum, 15.5 x 9.0 inch, City of Washington, 1808 December 22. This land grant awards Philip Hettsell one-quarter of a lot in Ohio north of then-capital Chillicothe. Boldly signed by President Thomas Jefferson and countersigned by Secretary of State James Madison. Horizontal and vertical fold, minor staining and foxing, slightly wavy, pencil notation on verso. Amazing document with excellent signatures, surely one of the finest land grants signed by Jefferson and Madison you can hope to find. Between 1798 and 1821, Congress authorized the sale of any remaining public lands in the state to private owners in an effort to populate the area. Known as "Congress Lands," these territories were divided into carefully surveyed grids and allotted to individual applicants. As one of the first settled territories in the Midwest, Ohio functioned as an important political and economic asset to the rapidly growing United States.