PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND - DOCUMENT SIGNED 05/12/1885 CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS F. BAYARD SR. - HFSID 254660
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GROVER CLEVELAND and THOMAS F. BAYARD, SR
Grover Cleveland and Thomas F. Bayard, Sr. sign a document suspending John B. Glover from his office.
Partly Printed Document Signed: "Grover Cleveland" as President and "T.F. Bayard" as Secretary of State, 1p, 22¾x18¼. On vellum. Washington, 1885 May 12. In part:"I do hereby SUSPEND John B. Glover from the office of Consul of the United States of America, at Havre, and such other parts as shall be nearer thereto than to the residence of any other Consul or Vice=Consul of the United States within the same allegiance; and I hereby designate the said Ferdinand F. Dufais, he being a suitable person therefor (sic) to perform the duties of such suspended officer...." Le Havre was an important French port for transatlantic trade, mainly to North America. Located 134 miles west-northwest of Paris, the city on the English Channel Coast grew from a tiny fishing village to a harbor that could accommodate large vessels. Earlier in 1885, the statue of "Liberty Enlightening the World" had left Havre for the United States aboard the French frigate Isere. Completed in 1884, it was dismantled into 350 pieces and put into 219 crates. President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886. GROVER CLEVELAND (1837-1908), formerly Mayor of Buffalo and Governor of New York (1883-1885) served as the 22nd and 24th President (1885-1889 and 1893-1897). He won the popular vote all three times he ran (1884, 1888, 1892), losing the electoral vote and the presidency in 1888 to Benjamin Harrison. He was the only Democrat elected President in more than a half centurybetween the departure of Buchanan (1861) and the inauguration of Wilson (1913). Democrat THOMAS F. BAYARD, SR. (1828-1898) represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1869-1885, when he resigned to become Cleveland's first term Secretary of State (1885-1889). Serving in the first Democratic administration since before the Civil War, Secretary Bayard was flooded with requests for office, but abided by his making appointments based on merit rather than partisan connections. His tenure was spent negotiating with Great Britain over outstanding questions of fishing rights. In his second term, President Cleveland appointed Bayard as Ambassador to Great Britain (1893-1897). Folds, vertical fold touches the "d" in Cleveland, another vertical fold touches "ar" of Bayard. Lightly creased. Tanned around perimeter, else overall fine appearance.
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