PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - NAVAL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 04/06/1909 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE VON L. MEYER - HFSID 13571
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WILLIAM H. TAFT
President Taft and George Von L. Meyer, Secretary of the Navy, appoint Paul P. Blackburn as a Lieutenant, junior grade, in the Navy.
Partly Printed DS: "Wm H. Taft" as President and "George Von L. Meyer" as Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 15¼x19. On vellum. Washington, 1909 April 6. In part: "Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Paul P. Blackburn, I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate do appoint him Lieutenant, junior grade, in the Navy from the 2d day of February 1909, in the service of the UNITED STATES. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duties of a Lieutenant, junior grade,...." 2¼-inch diameter blue seal affixed at lower middle. 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. Slightly rippled. Stained at lower left blank margin. Creased at blank margins. Otherwise, fine condition.
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