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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 01/16/1903 CO-SIGNED BY: BEEKMAN WINTHROP - HFSID 17030

WILLIAM H. TAFT Signed in Manila as first Civil Governor of the Philippines. Scarce Partly Printed DS: "Wm H. Taft" as Civil Governor of the Philippine Islands, 1p, 16x10½. Manila, 1903 January 16. Countersigned: "Beekman Winthrop" as Acting Executive Secretary.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
Signed in Manila as first Civil Governor of the Philippines.
Scarce Partly Printed DS: "Wm H. Taft" as Civil Governor of the Philippine Islands, 1p, 16x10½. Manila, 1903 January 16. Countersigned: "Beekman Winthrop" as Acting Executive Secretary. In full: "Know ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity, Fidelity, and Ability of Matthew Leepere of Arkansas I have nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the Philippine Commission, do appoint him to be President of the Board of Health of the Province of Mindoro to date from January 16th, 1903, and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the duties of that Office according to law, and to have and to hold the said Office, with all the powers, privileges, and emoluments thereunto of right appertaining unto him, the said Matthew Leepere, subject to the conditions prescribed by law." By the Treaty of Paris, signed December 10, 1898, that ended the Spanish-American War, Spain freed Cuba and ceded Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippine Islands to the United States, receiving $20 million in payment for the Philippines. On April 11, 1899, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines were formally acquired by the United States. Taft, appointed President of the Philippine Commission by President McKinley on March 13, 1900, served until July 4, 1901, when McKinley appointed him the first Civil Governor of the Philippine Islands. Taft left the Philippines to become President Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of War on February 1, 1904, an office he held until he resigned in June 1908, after receiving the Republican nomination for President. Full 2½-inch gold foil seal at lower left whose image has been "transferred" by folding, touching Taft's signature. Worn and creased. Chipped at lower and right edges at folds. Yellow stains at lower mid-vertical fold touch Winthrop's signature. Two pinhead-size holes at cross folds. Stains at top blank margin. Two ½-inch vertical tears at top edge.

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