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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 11/24/1908 CO-SIGNED BY: LUKE E. WRIGHT - HFSID 47955

THEODORE ROOSEVELT With his successor already elected, Roosevelt signed this military appointment of a lieutenant in the medical reserve corps, also signed by Secretary of War Luke E. Wright Military Appointment signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as President, "Luke E.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT
With his successor already elected, Roosevelt signed this military appointment of a lieutenant in the medical reserve corps, also signed by Secretary of War Luke E. Wright
Military Appointment signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as President, "Luke E. Wright" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 19½x15¼. Washington, D.C., 1908 November 24. Blue seal of the War Department affixed at lower left. The partly printed document reads in full: "THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA/To all who shall see these Presents, Greetings,/Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Valor, Fidelity, and Abilities of/Warren Edglie Kershner, do appoint him First Lieutenant in the Medical Reserve Corps of the Army of the United States: to rank as such from the twenty-fourth day of November nineteen hundred and eight. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of First Lieutenant of the Medical Reserves Corps. When employed on active duty under competent orders, by doing and performing a manner of thing thereunto belonging. And I do strictly change and require duty, to be obedient to his orders as First Lieutenant of the Medical Reserve Corps. And he is to observe and follow such/orders duty, to be obedient to his orders and directions, from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future President of the United States of America, or the General or other superior Officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of War. THIS COMMISSION to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States, for the time being, and until the end of the next session of the Senate." 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 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. Disenchanted with his chosen successor, President William Howard Taft, Roosevelt sought the Presidency again in 1912. When the Republican Party re-nominated Taft, Roosevelt ran as the candidate of the Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party, losing to Woodrow Wilson but securing more votes than Taft and becoming the most successful third-party candidate in U.S. history. LUKE EDWARD WRIGHT (1846-1922) was Attorney General of Tennessee before serving the US as Governor General of the Philippines (1904-1906), Ambassador to Japan (1906-1907) and Secretary of War (1908-1909). He succeeded William Howard Taft, who would soon succeed Roosevelt as President, in both the Philippine and War Department posts. Wright was the only Confederate veteran to serve afterwards as US Secretary of War. Evenly toned and lightly foxed. Otherwise, fine condition.

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