PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 03/15/1901 CO-SIGNED BY: LT. GENERAL HENRY C. CORBIN, ELIHU ROOT - HFSID 50740
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WILLIAM McKINLEY and ELIHU ROOT
President McKinley and Secretary of War Elihu Root sign this military appointment promoting Francis H. Pope to First Lieutenant of Cavalry.
Partly Printed DS: "William McKinley" as President and "Elihu Root" as Secretary of War, 1p, 21x16. Washington, 1901 March 15.Countersigned: "H C Corbin" as Adjutant General in docket written in red ink at top left portion. Appointment of Francis H. Pope as "First Lieutenant of Cavalry". From 1899-1903, FRANCIS H. POPE was Professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. President McKinley depended on Adjutant General HENRY C. CORBIN when it came to military matters. Frequently, in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, it was Corbin who ordered military movements, not Secretary of War Russell A. Alger. Root succeeded Alger on August 1, 1899. Corbin served as Adjutant General from 1898-1904. Six months after signing this commission, President McKinley was assassinated in Buffalo, N.Y. ELIHU ROOT, McKinley and Roosevelt's Secretary of War from 1899-1904 and Roosevelt's Secretary of State from 1905-1909, was awarded the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize for his international arbitration efforts. Blue paper seal affixed at lower left. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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