PRESIDENT GROVER CLEVELAND - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 07/10/1886 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM C. ENDICOTT - HFSID 27417
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GROVER CLEVELAND and WILLIAM C. ENDICOTT
As President and Secretary of War, they commission an infantry lieutenant
Military Appointment signed: "Grover Cleveland" as President, "Wm C. Endicott", as Secretary of War. 15x20. Washington, D.C., 1886 July 10. Appointment of a lieutenant in the 6th US Infantry Regiment. Endorsement in red ink, perpendicular in upper left corner. The only President to serve two non-consecutive terms, GROVER CLEVELAND (1837-1908) was the first Democratic President since Buchanan left office before the Civil War. During his first term (as 22nd U.S. President, 1885-1889), he denied hundreds of fraudulent pension claims by veterans and replaced many civil service workers appointed by the spoils system, doubling the number of those employed by merit. The Republican-controlled Senate demanded justification for these dismissals, but Cleveland - renowned as the "Veto President" - refused to submit, claiming that the President had sole discretion in the removal of government personnel. After his second election (as 24th U.S. President, 1893-1897), Cleveland helped strengthen the gold standard, and he eased the Depression of 1893 by sponsoring the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of 1890. Cleveland also sent federal troops into Chicago to end the Pullman Strike (1894) and employed the Monroe Doctrine to force Great Britain to settle the Venezuela boundary dispute (1895). He had previously served as Governor of New York (1883-1885). WILLIAM C. ENDICOTT (1826-1899), a Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice (1873-1883) and Democratic candidate for Governor of that State (1884), was President Cleveland's Secretary of War in his first term (1885-1889). An active Secretary of War, Endicott introduced examinations for officer promotions and revamped the nation's coastal fortification. He was the first Democrat to hold the office since the Civil War. He was a direct lineal descendent of John Endecott, the first Governor of colonial Massachusetts (from 1629). Multiple mailing folds. Toned. Creased. Corners worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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