WILLIAM COLLINS WHITNEY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 48392
WILLIAM COLLINS WHITNEY
The United States Secretary of the Navy wrote a note on this Navy envelope asking to have President Grover Cleveland sign some documents and return them to him
Autograph note signed "W. C. Whitney". 4½x3½ envelope from the U. S. Navy Department in Washington, D. C. In full: "Will Col. Lamont do me the favor to have the President sign these & send them back by the Bearer [illegible]". William C. Whitney (1841-1904) was Secretary of the Navy (1885-1889) under President Grover Cleveland. He helped to rebuild the post-Civil War Navy. Whitney made his mark by helping future New York governor Samuel J. Tilden bring down William Magear Tweed - better known as "Boss Tweed" - and his Tammany Hall political machine in New York City. He was made Secretary of the Navy after working on Cleveland's presidential campaign, and he used that position to more than double the Navy's appropriations, which had dwindled after the Civil War.The Navy rebuilt its fleet under his watch; many of these ships, including the battleship USS Maine, played a major role in the Spanish-American War. Whitney returned to New York City after Cleveland's defeat and, as a joint owner of the Metropolitan Traction Company, helped to build the city's rapid transit system. “Col. Lamont” refers to Colonel Daniel S. Lamont, who served as Secretary of War from 1893 to 1897. Throughout the 1880s, Lamont also served as a secretary for Cleveland when the latter was Governor of New York and then President of the United States. Lightly toned, soiled, and creased. Handwriting and signature are lightly spotted and smeared, but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.
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