Both the 26th U.S. President and the 42nd Postmaster General signed this appointment in 1906, making Melvin J. Esmay a Postmaster at Schenevus, New York for four years. Campaign button affixed at upper right corner

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT and GEORGE B. CORTELYOU Both the 26th U.S. President and the 42nd Postmaster General signed this appointment in 1906, making Melvin J. Esmay a Postmaster at Schenevus, New York for four years. Campaign button affixed at upper right corner Civil Appointment signed: "Theodore Roosevelt", as President in brown ink and by "George Cortelyou" as Postmaster General. 1 page, 18¾x13¾, with gold foil 2½-inch diameter United States Post Office Department seal affixed. Washington, D.C., March 15, 1906. With a 1-inch diameter uncaptioned Theodore Roosevelt campaign button affixed to upper right corner. Appointment of Melvin J. Esmay as a Postmaster at Schenevus in the county of Ostego in New York for four years. THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919, born in New York City) is one of America's most well-known and flamboyant presidents. Roosevelt's heroism in the Spanish-American War, where he earned the Medal of Honor for leading his volunteer "Rough Riders" in a charge up San Juan Hill (1898), helped him win the governorship of New York the next year. Elected Vice President in 1900, Roosevelt assumed the presidency upon President William McKinley's assassination (1901), becoming America's youngest president. He was reelected in 1904. Roosevelt was the first American to win a Nobel Prize for Peace, receiving the 1906 award for mediating the end of the Russo-Japanese War. Known for his "Speak softly, and carry a big stick" foreign policy, Roosevelt settled the Canadian-Alaskan boundary dispute in 1903 and initiated construction of the Panama Canal in 1904. He converted more than 125 million acres of land into national forests and was a staunch advocate of antitrust legislation. After failing to secure the Republican nomination, he ran as the Progressive ("Bull Moose") candidate in the famous presidential contest of 1912. He lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson, but secured more votes than incumbent William Howard Taft, becoming the most successful third-party candidate in recent United States history. After President William McKinley's assassination in 1901, GEORGE BRUCE CORTELYOU (1862-1930, born in New York City), who had previously been a stenographer to President Grover Cleveland, continued as President Roosevelt's Secretary until 1903. Roosevelt was impressed with his expertise in handling the 1902 coal strike negotiations, and appointed him as the first Secretary of Commerce and Labor (1903-1904). Cortelyou also served as Postmaster General (1905-1907) and Secretary of the Treasury (1907-1909) under Roosevelt before leaving government service to become President of the New York Consolidated Gas Company. Lightly toned, foxed, soiled, stained and creased. Large torn section missing in lower edge near seal, which touches Cortelyou's signature. Adhesive residue on verso (no show-through). Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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