1897 Doc. Sgd By President Mckinley & Uspmg
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1897 Doc. Sgd By President Mckinley & Uspmg :
Large folio document, September 14, 1897, signed by President William McKinley, Jr., (1843-1901) as President, and James A Gary (1833-1920) as U.S. Postmaster General. The document appoints William A. Pamplin Postmaster of Fayetteville, Tennessee.
[William A. Pamplin (1864-1934) the recipient of this appointment, served as Postmaster at Fayetteville, TN until his resignation in 1913, likely removed when the Democrats under Woodrow Wilson, took control of the White House.]
WILLIAM MCKINLEY, JR.- Everyone offerding on this knows McKinley, so only a very short “highlight” bio: Born in Ohio, Last President to serve in the Civil War (he was Bvt. Major at wars end), U.S. Congressman from 1877-91, Governor of Ohio 1892-96, 25th President of the U.S. 1896-1901. He led the nation to victory in the Spanish American War, maintained the Gold Standard, annexed the Republic of Hawaii (which became a U.S. Territory). Assassinated on September 6, 1901, by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist sympathizer. Succeeded by his Vice President, Teddy Roosevelt.
JAMES ALBERT GARY, was born in Connecticut but moved to Maryland at age 5 where his father was a cotton manufacturer. He graduated from Allegheny College in 1854, then went to work at his father’s company. Upon his father’s death in 1870 he took over the business, expanding company mills to other areas. He was also heavily engaged in local politics. In 1861 he was a delegate to the Union Party. When the Union Party became part of the Republican Party he continued on as a delegate to every Republican National Convention from 1872 to 96. He was an unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Congress (1872) and Governor of Maryland (1879). After McKinley was sworn in as President in 1897, he appointed Gary US Postmaster General. He was nominated and confirmed the same day, March 5, 1897. He served 13 months, resigning on April 18, 1898, citing health reasons, but primarily for his opposition to the impending hostilities with Spain, and his desire to return to his business. While USPMG he proposed the creation a postal savings system. He returned to his home outside Baltimore after resigning, and served as an executive on various boards & charities (e.g., Enoch Pratt Free Library, etc.) until his death on Halloween Day in 1920.
The document size is appx. 16” x 20”. Seal intact w/ minor tears to gold impression on seal. Folded, some staining spots on the left edge, o/w very good condition. Buyer pays $5 shipping.
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