PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - CIVIL APPOINTMENT SIGNED 05/28/1897 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES A. GARY - HFSID 2728
WILLIAM McKINLEY and JAMES A. GARY Appointment of the Postmaster at Fairfield, Connecticut. Partly Printed DS: "William McKinley" as President and "Jas. A. Gary" as Postmaster Gneral, 1p, 20x16. Washington, 1897 May 28.
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WILLIAM McKINLEY and JAMES A. GARY
Appointment of the Postmaster at Fairfield, Connecticut.
Partly Printed DS: "William McKinley" as President and "Jas. A. Gary" as Postmaster Gneral, 1p, 20x16. Washington, 1897 May 28. In part: "Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the Intelligence, Diligence and Discretion of Edwin W.S. Pickett the President of the United States nominated, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, I do appoint him Postmaster at...Fairfield State of Connecticut...." Fairfield, Connecticut, founded in 1639, is on the southern coast of the state on Long Island Sound. JAMES A. GARY was McKinley's first Postmaster General, serving from March 5, 1897 until April 21, 1898. The Office of Postmaster General had been in the President's Cabinet since Washington's administration but the President and the Secretary of State had always signed Postmaster appointments, not the Postmaster General. During the Grant administration, Congress passed the Civil Service Act that became effective on January 1, 1872. It prescribed rules and regulations regarding the appointments of civil officers. From that date on, the President and the Postmaster General signed Postmaster appointments. Eagle vignette at top center. 2½-inch gold paper seal tied to blue ribbon which shows some wear. Creased at blank margins. Ink stains on verso lightly show through at top blank area. Fine condition.
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