PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 06/15/1910 CO-SIGNED BY: BRIGADIER GENERAL ROBERT SHAW OLIVER - HFSID 15571
Sale Price $850.00
WILLIAM H. TAFT and ROBERT SHAW OLIVER
Appointment of George William Cook as First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps. Medical military appointments are scarce and desirable.
Partly Printed Documents Signed: "Wm H. Taft" as President and "Robert Shaw Oliver" as Acting Secretary of War, 1p, 14½x18. On vellum. Washington, 1910 June 15. Appointment of George William Cook as First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps. ROBERT SHAW Oliver (1847-1935), a cavalry lieutenant in the Civil War, rose through the ranks of the New York state militia to become a brigade comander in 1883. He served as Assistant Secretary of War from August 19, 1903 to April 19, 1913, longer than any other individual. During the absence of the Secretary of War, he served as Acting Secretary. Oliver was the first President of the US Tennis Association (1881). WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT (1857-1930) was Governor of the Philippines (1901-1904), Secretary of War (1904-1909), 27th of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1921-1930). His bruising convention battle with former ally and patron Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 split the Republican Party, allowing the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Taft as President was caught in the middle between progressives and conservatives and constrained by a more limited view of Presidential powers than TR had possessed, but historians tend to view his term of office more positively than did most of his contemporaries. His skills as Chief Justice are widely recognized. In the years between his Presidency and his appointment as chief justice, Taft taught at Yale Law School. Medical military appointments are scarce and desirable. Military vignettes at top and bottom center. Full 2¼-inch paper seal, slightly worn. Fine condition.
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