PRESIDENT ULYSSES S. GRANT - NAVAL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 05/23/1871 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE M. ROBESON - HFSID 5834
ULYSSES S. GRANT and GEORGE M. ROBESON The President and the Secretary of the Navy appoint a Navy Pay Inspector Naval Appointment signed: "U.S. Grant" as President and "Geo. M. Robeson" as Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 14¾x18¾. On vellum.
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ULYSSES S. GRANT and GEORGE M. ROBESON The President and the Secretary of the Navy appoint a Navy Pay Inspector Naval Appointment signed: "U.S. Grant" as President and "Geo. M. Robeson" as Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 14¾x18¾. On vellum. Washington, 1871 May 23. Appointment of Caspar Schenck as Pay Inspector in the Navy. Naval vignettes at top and bottom center. Blue paper seal affixed beneath lower vignette. West Point graduate ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822-1885) had little success in civilian life but was one of the greatest military leaders the United States has produced. After winning many victories on the Mississippi during the American Civil War, culminating in the capture of Vicksburg (1863), he was brought to the Virginia theater to face the forces of Robert E. Lee, which had bested a long series of former Union generals. He finally compelled Lee's surrender (April, 1865) on generous terms. Grant's two terms as Republican President (1869-1877) were less successful. Although he achieved progress on several fronts, including his crackdown on the Ku Klux Klan, the personally honest Grant proved unable to prevent graft by subordinates. GEORGE M. ROBESON (1829-1897), a Union General during the American Civil War, served as Grant's Secretary of the Navy from June 25, 1869 to March 3, 1877. Robeson was repeatedly accused of corruption (bribery taking, and diversion of Navy funds for his private use), but was so adept at covering his financial tracks that he earned the nickname "Cuttlefish." Twice an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1876, 1880), he served as a U.S. congressman for the state from 1879-1883. CASPAR SCHENCK had been appointed Paymaster of the Navy by President Lincoln in 1864, and served in that position until 1871 when he was promoted to Pay Inspector. Folds, vertical fold just touches the "U" in Ulysses. Lightly creased, slightly soiled. Worn, 3-inch seal separated from document, but completely intact. Otherwise, fine condition.
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