Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry signed by Governor - 1851

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Beautiful certificate from the Rhode Island Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry issued in 1851. This historic document was printed by the Horton S. Company and has a vignette of an eagle. This item has the hand signatures of the Society's President, John Pitman and Secretary, Elisha Dyer and is over 159 years old.
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Elisha Dyer (July 20, 1811 - May 17, 1890) was an American politician and governor of Rhode Island. Dyer was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 20, 1811. He graduated from Brown University. After completing his studies, he worked in his father's mercantile business. He was a Republican. In 1840, Dyer was elected Adjutant General of Rhode Island. He held that position for five years. He then served on the Providence School Committee for over a decade. He was the governor of Rhode Island from May 26, 1857 to May 31, 1859. During his administration, Dyer captained a company of Rhode Island volunteers for the Civil War. He was appointed Rhode Island's commissioner to the International Exhibition at London in 1871. He also was President and Director of the Exchange Bank, Second Vice President of the Rhode Island Art Association, and a member of the United States Agricultural Society and the Rhode Island Historical Society. He was also an active member of the Freemasons. He died on May 17, 1890. John Pitman (February 23, 1785 - November 17, 1864) was a United States federal judge. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Pitman was educated at Brown University, receiving an A.B. in 1799, at the age of fifteen. He read law to enter the New Hampshire Bar in 1805, and the New York Bar in 1806. From 1806 to 1821, he engaged in the private practice of law in various locations, including New York City (1806-1807), Kentucky (1807-1808), Providence, Rhode Island, (1808-1812 and 1820-1821), Salem, Massachusetts (1812-1816), and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1816-1820). From 1821 to 1824, he was the United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island. On August 4, 1824, Pitman received a recess appointment from President James Monroe to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island vacated by David Howell. Pitman was formally nominated on December 16, 1824, and was confirmed by the United States Senate, and received his commission, on January 3, 1825. Pitman continued in that office for 40 years, until his death, in Providence, Rhode Island. History from OldCompany.com (old stock certificate research service).