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Signature obtained at the 1904 Democratic Convention
Geronimo • Wild West - Chiricahua Apache (1829–1909) who attained the status of legend for his steadfast defense of Native American lands against the United States government. After decades of aggressive resistance, Geronimo surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Arizona, on September 4, 1886. After years of imprisonment, followed by ‘military confinement,’ Geronimo became a celebrity, appearing at such venues as the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis (where he sold autographs to curiosity seekers) and in Theodore Roosevelt’s 1905 inaugural parade, and dictating his autobiography. He died of pneumonia at Fort Sill, Oklahoma at the age of 79. Very rare pencil signature, “Geronimo,” in his distinctive block-printed hand, on an off-white 4 x 2.25 card. Signature was obtained at the time of the 1904 Democratic Convention, held in St. Louis during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Geronimo was taking part in the Exposition, where he was an important attraction, offering his signature and photograph for sale. Beautifully double cloth matted and framed by the Kenneth Rendell Gallery, with an Exposition Stockholder's coupon ticket booklet, including a Photo Pass, a four-part guest's ticket to the Democratic Convention, a Convention ‘Assistant Sergeant at Arms’ ribbon/button, an image of Geronimo and a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 18.5 x 29.5. In fine condition, with some scattered light soiling. The 1904 Democratic Convention was held in conjuction with the World’s Fair and the Summer Olympics. Geronimo was ‘on display’ in a teepee in the Ethnology Exhibit. Oversized. Autograph USA, COA

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