GREELY HAND WRITES A QUOTE FROM ALFRED LORD TENNYSON'S POEM "ULYSSES"
Adolphus Washington Greely (1844-1935) Autograph Quote Signed, "Be 'Strong in will - To strive to seek, to find, and not to yield', A. W. Greely", 3 x 2. was a United States Army officer, polar explorer, and recipient of the Medal of Honor. In 1881, First Lieutenant Greely was given command of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition on the ship Proteus. its purpose was to establish one of a chain of meteorological-observation stations as part of the First International Polar Year. Two consecutive supply parties failed to reach Greely's party and his men were forced to winter at Cape Sabine with inadequate rations and little fuel. A rescue expedition was sent to rescue the Greely party but by the time it arrived to rescue the expedition nineteen of Greely's 25-man crew had perished. Greely and the other survivors were themselves near death; one of the survivors died on the homeward journey. The returning survivors were venerated as heroes, though the heroism was tainted by sensational accusations of cannibalism during the remaining days of low food. President Grover Cleveland appointed him as Chief Signal Officer of the U.S. Army with the rank of brigadier general. General Greely received the Medal of Honor in 1935: "For his life of splendid public service. In fine condition, with minor age toning.