Passport, 1869

Description
One of the assumed rights of citizenship is that your government will represent you.
Originally serving as a letter of introduction to foreign governments on behalf of Americans traveling abroad, the very earliest passport was designed by Benjamin Franklin during the War of Independence when he served as minister to France. While regulations have changed over the years, passports are official documents issued by the U.S. Department of State that identify the holder as a citizen. Passport issued to Edmund E. Paulding on June 19, 1869.
date made
1869
referenced
Fish, Hamilton
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
buff, black (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 18 in x 11 1/4 in; 45.72 cm x 28.575 cm
ID Number
PL.261867.06
accession number
261867
catalog number
261867.06
Credit Line
Mrs. Harry C. Lamberton
subject
Immigration
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Political History: Political History, General History Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Exhibition
Exhibit
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History