This is an amazing group of historical documents. This is a fantastic lot of 4 presidentially signed commissions. The first one is signed by former General and President Ulysses S. Grant(1822-1885). Commanding General of the United States Army during the Civil War and President of the United States(1869-1877). HIs bold signature is on the document that measures 15-3/4ths inches by 19-1/2 inches in size. It is dated from January 13, 1873 and is appointing Herbert E. Tutherly as "Second Lieutenant in the First Regiment of Cavalry." The document is also signed by William W. Belknap as Secretary of War. The second one is signed by former Civil War soldier and President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893). Hayes was also Governor of Ohio as well as being President of the United States (1877-1881). This commission measures15-7/8ths inches by 19-5/8ths inches. This one is dated June 12, 1879 and is appointing Herbert E. Tutherly as "First Lieutenant in the First Regiment of Cavalry." It is also signed by George W. McCrary as Secretary of War. The 3rd commission is signed by Benjamin Harrison (1833-1901) who served as President of the United States (1889-1893). It is clearly signed by the President on the commission that measures 15-1/2 inches by 19-1/8th inches. The commission is dated December 27, 1890 and is appointing Herbert E. Tutherly as "Captain of Cavalry." It is also signed by Redfield Proctor as Secretary of War.The last commission is clearly signed by President William McKinley (1843-1901) who was President of the United States (1897-1901). McKinley was assassinated while in office so he didn't sign many commissions like this one. The commission measures 15-3/4th inches by 19-3/4th inches in overall size. It is dated from March 7, 1901 and is appointing Herbert E. Tutherly as "Major of Cavalry (subject to examination)." The commission is also signed by Elihu Root as Secretary of War. Now as for the soldier these wads given to. He had a very interesting and lengthy service history. Herbert Everett Tutherly (1848-1921) entered the United States Military Academy at West Point as a cadet in 1868, graduating four years later and being appointed second lieutenant of cavalry within the 1st US Cavalry Regiment. He received many promotions within that regiment and commanded a squadron of four troops of the regiment in battle at San Juan Hill and other encounters culminating in the surrender of Santiago de Cuba on July 17, 1898. Tutherly eventually retired after more than 30 years of service, including many early years of frontier duty throughout the West, serving in Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Kansas, and Montana. After retirement from the US Army, he went on duty with the organized Militia of New Hampshire, and was elected Commissary General of the State of New Hampshire in 1915. He was ultimately promoted to colonel on the US Army Retired List in 1918, just three years before his death. Tutherly left behind not only a storied and successful military career but also written works on the subject, including Score Book for Riflemen (1882) and Elementary Treatise on Military Science and the Art of War (1897). You get all four of these Presidential signed commissions for $4,500.