PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - NAVAL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 08/08/1903 CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLES H. DARLING - HFSID 36949
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THEODORE ROOSEVELT and CHARLES DARLING
Alfred Grunwell's appointment as Surgeon in the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
Partly Printed DS: "Theodore Roosevelt" as 26th President and "Charles H. Darling" as Acting Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 15½x19½. Washington, 1902 January 20. On vellum. In part: "Know Ye, that reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Patriotism, Valour, Fidelity and Abilities of Alfred G. Grunwell, I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him a Surgeon in the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander from the 20th day of June 1903 in the service of the United States. He is therefore carefully and diligently, to discharge the Duties of a Surgeon by doing and performing all Manner of Things thereto belonging...." Naval vignettes at top and bottom. 2¼-inch diameter blue seal at bottom. 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 run as the Progressive ("Bull Moose") candidate in the famous presidential contest of 1912. He lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson but securing more votes than incumbent William Howard Taft, becoming the most successful third-party candidate in recent United States history. CHARLES H. DARLING (1859-1944) was United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1901 to 1905. Darling was elected village president of Bennington, Vermont in 1895, and from 1896-1897 he represented Bennington in the Vermont House of Representatives. In 1901, President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt nominated Darling as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Folds do not touch signatures. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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