PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON - MILITARY APPOINTMENT SIGNED 08/04/1916 CO-SIGNED BY: NEWTON D. BAKER - HFSID 16861
Sale Price $1,020.00
WOODROW WILSON and NEWTON D. BAKER. Partly Printed DS: "Woodrow Wilson" as President and "Newton D. Baker" as Secretary of War, 1p, 14½x18. Washington, 1916 August 4. Appointment of Daniel H. Torrey as First Lieutenant of Infantry. In 1915, a year after the outbreak of WWI in Europe, President Wilson feared that Germany might annex Denmark and its Caribbean possession, the Danish West Indies (Virgin Islands). After extended negotiations, the United States purchased the islands from Denmark by treaty on August 4, 1916 for $25 million, the same day Wilson signed this document. The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands on March 31, 1917, six days before declaring war on Germany. Military vignettes at top and bottom center. 9½x8-inch triangular right corner area had been separated but was expertly repaired on verso (all intact). Slightly stained lower blank margin. Wilson's signature light but completely legible. Overall, fine condition.
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