PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - NAVAL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 02/21/1905 CO-SIGNED BY: PAUL MORTON - HFSID 5663
THEODORE ROOSEVELT and PAUL MORTON Naval Commission signed by the President and the Secretary of the Navy (1905) Partly Printed DS: "Theodore Roosevelt" as President and "Paul Morton" as Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 14½x17¼. On vellum.
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THEODORE ROOSEVELT and PAUL MORTON
Naval Commission signed by the President and the Secretary of the Navy (1905)
Partly Printed DS: "Theodore Roosevelt" as President and "Paul Morton" as Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 14½x17¼. On vellum. Washington, 1905 February 21. Appointment of Isaac I. Yates as "Assistant Naval Constructor in the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant(junior grade)". MORTON served as Secretary of the Navy from 1904-1905, resigning to become President of the Equitable Trust Company. On December 16, 1907, President ROOSEVELT sent the Great White Fleet of 16 battleships on a cruise around the world, returning home on February 22, 1909. Its presence sent a message to the world, especially to Japan, that the United States was an important international power. From the tour, the Navy learned that it was too dependent upon foreign supplies and that in case of war, a more balanced distribution of vessels would be needed including destroyer escorts and a supply network. Eagle vignette at top center, nautical vignette at bottom. Heavily wrinkled and creased. 2¼-inch seal slightly worn. Dark, bold signature of Roosevelt.
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