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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT SIGNED 10/04/1912 CO-SIGNED BY: HUNTINGTON WILSON - HFSID 15574

WILLIAM H. TAFT President Taft appoints J. Butler Wright of Wyoming to Secretary in Brussels, Belgium. Partly Printed DS: "Wm H. Taft" as President and "Wilson Huntington" as Acting Secretary of State, 1p, 22x17¼. Washington, 1912 October 4.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
President Taft appoints J. Butler Wright of Wyoming to Secretary in Brussels, Belgium.
Partly Printed DS: "Wm H. Taft" as President and "Wilson Huntington" as Acting Secretary of State, 1p, 22x17¼. Washington, 1912 October 4. Appointment of J. Butler Wright of Wyoming to Secretary of the Legation of the United States of America at Brussels, Belgium. 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.3½-inch paper seal at lower left margin. Lightly creased and soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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