PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/28/1928 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM D. MITCHELL - HFSID 15478
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Appointment of a Notary Public for the District of Columbia, also signed by William D. Mitchell as Acting Attorney General
Civil Appointment signed: "Calvin Coolidge" as President, "William D. Mitchell" as Acting Attorney General, 17x13½, Washington, D.C., 1928 January 28. Appointment of John A. Massie as a Notary Public of the City of Washington for a term of five years. After losing an election for School Committee in 1905, CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933, born in Plymouth, Vermont) never lost another one. He was Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts (1910-1911), State Senator (1912-1915), Lieutenant Governor (1916-1918), Governor (1919-1920), vice president (1921-1923) and president (1923-1929). He earned a national following during the Boston Police Strike of 1919, when as Governor he declared, "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anyone, anywhere, any time." "Silent Cal," as he was called for his economy of speech, succeeded to the Presidency upon the death of Warren Harding and won election to his own full term in 1924. Despite his taciturn manner, Coolidge gave more press conferences than any President before or since, and was the first to deliver a political speech on radio. How one rates the Coolidge Presidency depends largely on whether one shares his belief in reduced government spending and regulation. WILLIAM D. MITCHELL (1874-1955), an infantry officer in the Spanish-American War and World War I and a prominent lawyer based in St Paul, was Solicitor General Under President Coolidge (1925-1929). The Solicitor General represents the US Government in Supreme Court cases. As the third ranking official of the Department of Justice, the Solicitor General can act as Attorney General when the latter and the Deputy Attorney General are absent. Mitchell would soon acquire the full title of Attorney General under President Hoover(1929-1933). He was chief counsel to the Congressional committee investigating the military disaster at Pearl Harbor. Presidential appointment of a notary public may seem unusual, but for a century (1871-1973), the federal government directly administered many public functions for the District of Columbia. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. The Department of Justice seal is lightly pealing up on it's right side. Otherwise, fine condition.
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