PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT SIGNED 07/02/1908 CO-SIGNED BY: ROBERT LOW BACON - HFSID 81293
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THEODORE ROOSEVELT, CO-SIGNED BY: ROBERT BACON
Roosevelt signed this document with Acting Secretary of State Robert Bacon in 1908, appointing a Louisiana resident to the Legation in Managua, Nicaragua.
Diplomatic appointment signed "Theodore Roosevelt" as President and "Robert Bacon" as Acting Secretary of State. 1 page, 22¾x18¾. With 3½-diameter Great Seal of the United States affixed at lower left corner. Washington, DC, July 2, 1908. This document appointed John H. Gregory, Jr. of Louisiana as Secretary of the Legation of the United States of America at Managua, Nicaragua until the end of the next session of the Senate. ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) 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 re-elected 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 he secured more votes than incumbent William Howard Taft, becoming the most successful third-party candidate in recent United States history. BACON (1869-1919), who began his career as a banker, went into partnership with J.P. Morgan and Company in 1894. He participated in the formation of the U.S. Steel Corp. (1901) and the Northern Securities Company before being appointed Assistant Secretary of State by President Theodore Roosevelt. Bacon, who served from 1905-1909, was Acting Secretary of State when Elihu Root was in South America in 1906, and was himself briefly Secretary of State (January 27-March 5, 1909). He was then Ambassador to France from 1909-1912. Bacon, who wrote the book, For Better Relations With Our Latin American Neighbors (1915), was a proponent of U.S. involvement in WWI. He served under John J. Pershing during that war. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Roosevelt's signature is faded, but legible. Light nicks in upper left corner. Random ink stains. Folded thrice horizontally and vertically. Light nicks in left edge along folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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