William Ellery Signed 22x26 Custom Framed Cut Display (JSA ALOA)

Signer Of The Decoration of Independence As The Representative of Rhode Island

  • Lot number 3805012
  • Total bids 20
  • High bid $708.75
  • Remaining time 4d 12h 16m

Up for auction is a triple matted, museum framed 22" x 26" display of a Newport, Rhode Island 18th century document signed by Declaration of Independence signatory, William Ellery, (December 22, 1727-February 15, 1820). Included within the display is a colored photo of John Turnbull’s famous painting of the Declaration of Independence, again recaptured on the uncirculated reverse of the $2 bill, a collector’s card featuring William Ellery, an historical information plaque, including the quote, “Difficulties are meant not to discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.”

This splendid rare one of a kind display was created for generations of enjoyment.

William Ellery was born on December 22, 1727, in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from Harvard University and returned to Newport. He worked as a merchant, customs collector, Clerk of the Rhode General Assembly, and began practicing law in 1770.

William replaced Samuel Ward in the Continental Congress, and with the second largest signature to John Hancock, signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. Ellery was a small slight man of about 5’5”. Upon the signing, Benjamin Harrison, a large stout man was purported to have said; “I shall have a great advantage over you Mr. Ellery, when we are all hung for what we are doing. From the size and weight of my body, I shall die quickly, but from the lightness of your body, you will dance a jig for some time before you are dead.”

After the American Revolution, Ellery served as Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and continued to concern himself with maritime matters. He died on February 15, 1820 at the ripe old age of 92, a venerable, honorable servant to his country, and to the people of Rhode Island, to whom he had committed his life.

The lot / autograph(s) includes a James Spence Authentication (JSA) Auction House LOA for authenticity purposes.

Authentication: JSA ALOA

Due to the uniqueness of each item, please refer to the photos provided in this auction. We offer high resolution images of each item rather than a written description of condition.

This item is being shipped from the Pristine Auction warehouse.