Andrew Jackson
Patent for a Machinery for Thrashing Grain
Location of original: Offices of Beem Patent Law Firm, Chicago, IL

Key Signers
President: Andrew Jackson
Secretary of State: Martin Van Buren
Attorney General: John Berrien

Patent Information
Date signed: December 14, 1829
Inventor: William Barnes
Invention Title: Machinery for Thrashing Grain

On display is the first page of this patent granted to William Barnes and signed by Andrew Jackson as President and Martin Van Buren as Secretary of State. The Seal of the United States is clearly visible with the navy blue ribbon binding the pages of the patent. This patent, like those before it, continues the tradition of recording the year of Independence, in this case the “fifty fourth.”

One of the patents in the Beem Collection is unique in that it was originally issued in 1831 with the signatures of President Andrew Jackson, Secretary of State Martin Van Buren, and Attorney General John Berrien, and then subsequently was reissued in May 1837 with the signature of the first Commissioner of Patents Henry L. Ellsworth (See 1831 Patent), pursuant to the then-new Patent Act of 1836.