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JAMES WILSON - DOCUMENT SIGNED 10/28/1898 - DOCUMENT 26371

 
JAMES WILSON
His signature as Secretary of Agriculture on an experimental re-forestation agreement in New Hampshire
Partly Printed Document signed: "James Wilson" as Secretary of Agriculture", 1 p, 8x12½. Washington, D.C., 1898 October 28. Wood Lot Agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and J. R. Eastman of Andover, New Hampshire authorizing the Department to harvest 50 acres of hard wood forest land and replant the forest in order to investigate methods of forest management, at no cost to Eastman. Handwritten details (unknown hand). James Wilson (1835-1920), born in Scotland, represented Iowa in the US House (1873-1877, 1883-1885). In the very close election of 1882, he was certified as the winner by the State of Iowa, but the new Democratic majority in the House challenged his seat. He held onto it, amidst controversy, until the very end of the Congressional session, when he resigned to avoid a filibuster which would have blocked action on a military pension for former President Grant. Wilson was Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Taft (1897-1913) for a total of 16 years, the longest tenure ever for a US Cabinet officer. Fine condition.


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JAMES WILSON
Born: August 16, 1835 in Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: August 26, 1920 in Traer, Iowa





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