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The Secretary of War's signature in black ink
Signature: "R A Alger", 4¼x2½ card. Russell A. Alger (1836-1907), an attorney and Civil War hero, served as Secretary of War during McKinley's first term, from March 5, 1897 until August 1, 1899, when he resigned over criticism of his management of the War Department. Despite having been Governor of Michigan (1885-1887), Alger lacked the decisiveness required during the Spanish-American War. McKinley made his own strategic decisions without consulting Alger, and "Algerism" became a synonym for incompetence. Despite his failure in McKinley's Cabinet, Alger went on to publish a book, The Spanish American War (1901) and served in the U.S. Senate (1902-1907). Lightly toned, esp. on outer margins. Adhesive residue on verso. Corners slightly worn. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 27, 1836 in Medina County, Ohio
Died: January 24, 1907 in Washington, District of Columbia

Film Credits
1898 President McKinley's Inspection of Camp Wikoff (in person), 1898 General Wheeler and Secretary of War Alger at Camp Wikoff (in person)

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