Personal check from The Riggs bank in Washington, D. Written out and signed by personal bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln. This check was made out and signed by William H.
Crook was only one of a few bodyguards that Lincoln had and Crook was one of the most trusted by Lincoln. It was Crook that Lincoln confided in telling him about the three dreams he had about being assassinated.On April 14, 1865, Crook tried to persuade Lincoln to let him accompany him to Ford's Theatre but Lincoln felt it unneccesary. When he left the White House that night Lincoln said "Goodbye Crook" instead of the usual Goodnite Crook.
The other guard that went with Lincoln wandered off from his post at the theatre allowing Booth entrance to the room where the president sat. Afterwards Crook would remember what Lincoln said when he left and said that he thought about those words for the rest of his life. Crooks signature is extremely scarce and this one comes on a personal check from his account.
It was signed on June 2, 1902 and reads Wm H. There is a cancellation mark there but Crooks signature is so large and bold that it stands out very well. The check is in very good condition. Crook went on to serve twelves presidents for over 50 years.
Signatures of any of Lincoln's personal bodyguards are very uncommon. This one is a very nice specimen. Note: The last photo is of William Crook and is from an internet archive. It does not come with the check. The item "President Lincoln Bodyguard William H.Crook Signed Check VGC" is in sale since Saturday, May 21, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Historical". The seller is "thecivilwarconservator" and is located in Dublin, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation, South africa.