have been many historical figures that have been associated with
the history of the Pocono Mountains. There have been American Presidents,
Founding Fathers, Statesmen, and many famous personalities that
have played a part in the development of the region.
is not only committed to promoting the history of the Pocono Mountains,
but also to preserve important documents of history. PoconoHistory.com
has been procuring a collection of historical documents for preservation
that include documents signed by:
Penn - The Father & Founder of Pennsylvania
Wilson - Signer of the Declaration of Independence & the
Constitution of the U.S.
Morris - Financier of the American Revolution & Washington's
Mifflin - Brigadier General under Washington & 1st Governor
Lemnitzer - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under JFK
Gifford Pinchot - PA Governor and 1st Head of the U.S. Forest
Grey - Famous western writer that lived in Lackawaxen
William Penn document is an American National Treasure. It is a
Land Grant for property near the Historic District in Philadelphia
where William Penn first set foot ashore on Dock Street and the
Delaware River. The document is on vellum and considered Extremely
Fine and signed on "13 April 1684" and signed by "William
Penn" Proprietary and Governor of the Province of Pennsylvania.
The Land Grant is truly an Original American Treasure.
are a number of James Wilson documents of distinction. One document
is an Obligation Bond that James Wilson signs to Ebenezer Bowman
of Wilkes Barre. Like Robert Morris, James Wilson invests heavily
in land speculation and loses vast amounts of money. The document
is signed on June 14, 1794 and is considered to be in Very Good
James Wilson document is where he represents a client as their attorney
who was referred to Wilson by General Mifflin, who later became
the 1st Governor of Pennsylvania. This document is considered to
be in Very Good condition and was signed on 7th of February 1782.
Wilson was the owner of many investment properties, including the
Wallenpaupack Manor, a 12,150 acre parcel of land in Pike and Wayne
Counties that he purchased in 1793. He was a signer of the Declaration
of Independence, the Constitution of the United States in 1787 and
was appointed by George Washington to serve on the first Supreme
Court as a Justice of the United States
Robert Morris document is One Share in the North American Land Company
signed by James Marshall, Secretary and Robert Morris, President.
The company owned 6 million acres of land that eventually defaulted
and caused great financial hardship for Morris that drove him into
bankruptcy. It was unfortunate because Morris was known for a number
of significant accomplishments and was a great American Statesman
and a Founding Father of the United States. He was a signer of the
Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States
in 1787, the Articles of Confederation, and most importantly, was
known as the financier of the American Revolution. He was the founder
of the Bank of North America, an institution that brought stability
to the colonial economy. At one time Robert Morris had owned a large
parcel of land in Carbon County in what is now Hickory Run State
Park that he had purchased in 1794. The document was signed on the
20th day of February 1795 and is considered to be in Fine condition.
stated "I am not one of those politicians that run testy when
my own plans are not adopted. I think it is the duty of a good citizen
to follow when he cannot lead."
Thomas Mifflin document is a Land Grant to James Wilson for 1,000
acres of property by the Allegheny River and the Conawango Creek.
Thomas Mifflin signed this document as Governor of Pennsylvania
on the 3rd day of February 1794. An interesting side note is that
the document also mentions Daniel Brodhead as the Surveyor-General
Mifflin distinguished himself by being appointed by George Washington
to be the first Quartermaster General of the Continental Army. He
was also the first Governor of Pennsylvania and a signer of the
Constitution of the United States in 1787.
General Lyman Lemnitzer document is a personal autographed letter
he signed as the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO from 1963 to 1969.
In the personally written letter he writes about being a member
of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Honesdale, Pennsylvania where
he was born and raised. The document was signed in Paris, France
on January 10, 1967 and is in Fine condition. General Lemnitzer
was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President John
are a number of Gifford Pinchot documents. All the documents regard
his work as a conservationist. The first was a letter written from
Washington, D.C. while he was Chief of the U.S. Forest Service dated
April 13, 1909. The second was written from his Milford home on
May 12, 1916, and the third was written from Milford between his
terms as Governor of Pennsylvania on October 18, 1928. All the documents
Pinchot is best known for being appointed by President Theodore
Roosevelt to the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service and later
as a two time Governor of Pennsylvania.
is a personally signed photo of Zane Grey as well as an autographed
letter he wrote to his son, Romer while he was at the Hotel McAlpin
on Broadway and 34th Street in New York City. The letter is dated
January 9, 1923 and is in Fine condition.
Grey lived on the Delaware River in Lackawaxen by the Roebling Bridge.
He has authored many books, had a popular television show and is
best known as the "father of the western novel." One hundred
four movies have been made from his novels.
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