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PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE ON WHITE HOUSE CARD SIGNED 07/01/1898 - HFSID 254434

WILLIAM McKINLEY To Adolphus Greely the day Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet in Manila. Autograph Note on White House Card Signed: "WMcK" as 25th U.S. President on an Executive Mansion card, 4¼x2¾. Executive Mansion, Washington, 1898 July 1. In full: "Genl Greely- Horace C.

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WILLIAM McKINLEY
To Adolphus Greely the day Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet in Manila.
Autograph Note on White House Card Signed: "WMcK" as 25th U.S. President on an Executive Mansion card, 4¼x2¾. Executive Mansion, Washington, 1898 July 1. In full: "Genl Greely- Horace C. Lansing Private of Co. 7th Ohio Vols. for sergt in the Signal Corps. Can you do this?" The day President McKinley wrote this note, July 1, 1898, is the day most remembered and most associated with the Spanish-American War. On July 1, 1898, Commodore George Dewey, Commander of the Asiatic squadron, destroyed the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay in the Philippines in a seven-hour battle. Eight Americans were wounded with no damage to U.S. vessels. Spain lost 381 sailors and its entire fleet of ships. ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON GREELY, who served as Chief Signal Officer from 1887-1906, is credited with strengthening the organizational structure of the Corps and bringing it into the age of modern technology. In the year of this note, he spent $50,000 to convince Samuel P. Langley to produce a flying machine for military use. The Corps purchased its first airplane from the Wright brothers in 1908, and Greely also adapted the radio and automobile for military use. A former volunteer for the Union during the Civil War, Greely joined the regular Army in 1867 and was noted for his supervision of the construction of thousands of miles of telegraph lines and for his Arctic exploration (1881-1884). Promoted to Brigadier General in 1887, Greely was the first volunteer and enlisted man to attain that rank in the U.S. Army. McKinley's intervention here on behalf of HORACE COLLINS LANSING was more than successful. Later that month, Lansing was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Signal Corps. He served two years, most of it in Cuba, with the 7th Ohio Signal Corps. Horace Lansing had other influential connections. His cousin Robert Lansing, an authority on international law who had represented the US on the Bering Sea Claims Commission (1896-1897), would become President Wilson's Secretary of State(1914-1920). Pin holes at upper left blank corner area. Vertical fold touches the "K" in signature. Ink slightly smudged at salutation and date. Overall, fine condition,

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