ROBERT WALKER TAYLER - AUTOGRAPH 12/15/1899 CO-SIGNED BY: MAJOR GENERAL HENRY M. TELLER - HFSID 34991
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ROBERT WALKER TAYLER and HENRY M. TELLER
The U.S. Federal judge and the Senator from Colorado sign this resolution prohibiting a taking of a seat in the House of Representatives, in iron gall ink
Signatures: “R.W. Tayler M.C./Dec. 15, 1899 Ohio/Offered the resolution prohibiting/Roberts of Utah from taking his seat/in the House of Reps. Dec 4-99” on front and “H.M. Teller/Colorado/Dec 27 1898” on verso in iron gall ink. 6¼x3. ROBERT WALKER TAYLER (1852-1910), a Republican, represented Ohio in the US House of Representatives for four terms (1895-1903). As Chairman of the Elections Committee, he introduced the successful 1899 motion declaring Utah's Congressional seat vacant because its Representative (Brigham Roberts) was a polygamist. In 1905, Tayler was appointed a US District Court Judge for northern Ohio. In 1909, Tayler issued a court order resolving Cleveland's transit strife involving the transportation companies, the workers, and the city government. The resulting fare formula, which remained in place for decades, was called the Tayler Grant. HENRY MOORE TELLER (1830-1914) was a United States Senator from Colorado (1876-1882, 1885-1909) and one of the first Senators to represent that state. He was also Secretary of the Interior (1882-1885) under Presidents Chester A. Arthur. Teller was a leader of the Silver Republicans, which supported the free coinage of silver and bimetallism and which split in the 1890s from the main Republican Party, which supported the gold standard. His most important legislative act was probably his amendment to the United States' declaration of war against Spain in the Spanish-American War in 1898. Teller sponsored this amendment to prevent the United States from annexing Cuba, thought at the time to be a major reason for the Spanish-American War. His amendment was largely overridden in 1901 by yet another amendment - this one by Senator Orville H. Platt - which gave the United States broad powers over Cuba, as well as economic and military territories on the island like Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Toned and lightly soiled. Left and top edges cut unevenly. Otherwise, fine condition.
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