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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 04/16/1900 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN T. McDONONGH - HFSID 27543

THEODORE ROOSEVELT New York Governor appoints prominent humanitarian as manager of the state's hospital for crippled and deformed children. Partly Printed DS: "Theodore Roosevelt" as Governor of New York, 1p, 10¾x14½. Albany, New York, 1900 April 16.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT
New York Governor appoints prominent humanitarian as manager of the state's hospital for crippled and deformed children.
Partly Printed DS: "Theodore Roosevelt" as Governor of New York, 1p, 10¾x14½. Albany, New York, 1900 April 16. In part: "by these presents do nominate constitute and appoint Henry C. Potter a manager of the New York State Hospital for Crippled and Deformed Children, pursuant to the provisions of chapter 369 of the Laws of 1900 hereby giving and granting unto him all and singular the powers and authorities to the said office by law belonging or appertaining...." Co-signed: "John T. McDonough" as Secretary of State. 3½-inch paper seal affixed in bottom left with ¾-inch crack (all is intact). HENRY CODMAN POTTER (1835-1908) was a Protestant Episcopal Bishop who was outspoken and worked tirelessly on issues of civic righteousness and honesty in public administration. These were issues close to Roosevelt's heart. Potter was known as an impartial friend to every class and was constantly called upon as an arbitrator in labor disputes. McDONOUGH had been a delegate-at-large to the state's constitutional convention in 1894 and served as Secretary of State from 1899-1902. Riding the crest of his popularity for his exploits during the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt was nominated for Governor of New York by the Republicans, and won by a slim plurality of 17,800 votes. The young Governor quickly alienated Party members who were unable to control him. In an attempt to push Roosevelt into political obscurity, in 1900, the year of this document, Republican leaders determined to push him into the vice presidency. He accepted the bid but soon after the election he was bored with the job. That all changed on September 14, 1901 when President McKinley died from an assassin's bullet and Roosevelt became President. Soiled, stained with light foxing. Foxing lightly touches the "evelt" in Roosevelt's signature and fully touches McDonough's signature. Lightly creased, two stray pencil marks at left and right margins.

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