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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 12/01/1911 CO-SIGNED BY: FRANKLIN MacVEAGH - HFSID 15572

WILLIAM H. TAFT President Taft appoints John B. Hanna to Collector of Internal Revenue for the District of Maryland. Partly Printed DS: "Wm H. Taft" as President and "Franklin MacVeagh" as Secretary of Treasury, 1p, 17¾x14½. Washington, 1911 December 1.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
President Taft appoints John B. Hanna to Collector of Internal Revenue for the District of Maryland.
Partly Printed DS: "Wm H. Taft" as President and "Franklin MacVeagh" as Secretary of Treasury, 1p, 17¾x14½. Washington, 1911 December 1. Appointment of John B. Hanna to Collector of Internal Revenue for the District of Maryland. WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT (1857-1930), the only man to serve as both U.S. President (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1921-1930), was handpicked by Theodore Roosevelt to be his successor. Unhappy in the White House, Roosevelt's former Secretary of War nevertheless proved to be a better "trust buster" than his mentor. Taft attempted to reduce Republican-supported tariffs and empowered the Interstate Commerce Commission to end railroad abuses. He started the process leading to a federal budget, sponsored a bill requiring candidates to reveal campaign expenses and initiated the postal savings system. Taft's decisions, reflecting the conservative rather than progressive Republican platform, led to a parting with Roosevelt, and Taft lost his bid for a second term, finishing third behind Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt. Reaching the pinnacle of his career as Chief Justice, Taft supported the Judiciary Act of 1925, which gave the overburdened Court greater ability to determine the number and type of cases it would hear. He was also instrumental in obtaining congressional funds for a new Supreme Court building. Attorney and banker Franklin MacVeagh (1837-1934) had been Director of the Commercial National Bank of Chicago for 29 years before serving as Taft's Secretary of Treasury (1909-1913). Credited with improving the efficiency of the Treasury Department, MacVeagh was also involved in the creation of the buffalo nickel. His brother, Wayne MacVeagh, briefly served as President Garfield's Attorney General (appointed in 1881, he resigned upon Garfield's death). 2¼-inch foil seal at lower left margin. Lightly creased and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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