PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 07/07/1891 CO-SIGNED BY: LT. GENERAL HENRY C. CORBIN, RUSSELL A. ALGER - HFSID 13007
WILLIAM McKINLEY, RUSSELL A. ALGER and HENRY C. CORBIN Military appointment of a Lieutenant Colonel, dated 1899. Framed in Gallery of History style to an overall size of 31½x21¼ Military Appointment signed: "William McKinley" as 25th U.S. President and "
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WILLIAM McKINLEY, RUSSELL A. ALGER and HENRY C. CORBIN
Military appointment of a Lieutenant Colonel, dated 1899. Framed in Gallery of History style to an overall size of 31½x21¼
Military Appointment signed: "William McKinley" as 25th U.S. President and "R. A. Alger" as Secretary of War, 1p, 17½x14¼. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 31½x21¼. Washington, D.C., 1899 July 7. Appointment of John J. Brereton as "Lieutenant Colonel of the Thirty-third regiment of Infantry, United States Volunteers...." Docketed: "H.C. Corbin" as Adjutant General at upper left. 2½-inch diameter blue paper seal affixed at lower left margin. RUSSELL ALEXANDER ALGER served as Secretary of War from March 5, 1897 until August 1, 1899, during McKinley's first term. He resigned over criticism of his management of the War Department. Despite having been Governor of Michigan (1885-1887), Alger lacked the decisiveness required during the Spanish-American War. McKinley made his own strategic decisions without consulting Alger, and "Algerism" became a synonym for incompetence. Despite his failure in McKinley's Cabinet, Alger went on to publish a book, The Spanish American War (1901), and he served in the U.S. Senate (1902-1907). During the Spanish-American War, President McKinley depended on Adjutant General HENRY C. CORBIN when it came to military matters. Frequently, it was Corbin, who served as Adjutant General from 1898-1904, who ordered military movements, not Secretary of War Alger. WILLIAM McKINLEY represented Ohio as a Republican in the U.S. Congress from 1877-1883 and 1885-1891, and he served as Governor of Ohio from 1892-1896. Elected 25th U.S. President in 1896, McKinley was reelected to a second term in 1900 with a larger plurality of votes than any other Chief Executive before him. The U.S. became a world power during his Presidency, winning a war with Spain (1898) and acquiring overseas colonies (Puerto Rico and the Phillipines). On September 6, 1901, at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, President McKinley was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. He died on September 14, 1901, the third President to be assassinated. Ink lightly smudged at the "W" of William. Slightly creased. Minor pinhead-size stains at upper right margin. Seal has minor paper loss at lower left portion, nicked at right portion. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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