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John Tyler land grant

Identifier: SC 01842

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Content Description

This collection includes a Presidential land grant for Abraham C. and Meacon A. Shelton of Lincoln County, Missouri. The grant was signed by President John Tyler and his son Robert Tyler. The grant referred to the Shelton's making a full payment for eighty acres "subject to sale in Palmyra, Missouri." The grant was under the provisions of the Land Act of 1820, which ended the ability to purchase the United States' public domain lands on a credit or installment system over four years, as previously established.


  • Creation: 1841 November 10


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Biographical / Historical

Robert Tyler (1816-1877) was born September 9, 1816 to President John Tyler and his first wife, Letitia Christian Tyler. While his father was in office, he served as the president's private secretary. He also served as the Confederate Register of the Treasury during the American Civil War. President, John Tyler oversaw land grants operating under the Land Act of 1820 which decreased the price of public land and required speculators to pay for land grants with cash in advance, abolishing speculation.


.1 Linear Feet (One oversize11x17 inch legal size folder.)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Barry '56 and Carolyn Martin.

Processing Information

The collection received container level processing. This finding aid may be updated to reflect new descriptions and acquisitions to the collection.

Guide to the John Tyler land grant
William and Mary Special Collections and Research Center Staff
March 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository