1912 William H. Taft & Robert Shaw Oliver Signed Presidential Military Appointment (Signature Certified)

1912 William H. Taft & Robert Shaw Oliver Signed Presidential Military Appointment (Guaranteed Authentic)

Offered here is an attractive example of an early 20th century American military appointment signed by President William H. Taft and Secretary of War Robert Shaw Oliver, dated September 19th, 1912. In this document, President Taft appoints John H. Neff to the position of Captain of the Philippine Scouts. This document is in excellent condition and guaranteed to be original and authentic. This is a great opportunity to own a 108-year old museum-quality document signed by our nation’s 27th president.

William H. Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930)

William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1857. After graduating from Yale as a lawyer, Taft was appointed a judge while still in his twenties. He continued a rapid rise, being named Solicitor General and as a judge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1901, President William McKinley appointed Taft civilian governor of the Philippines. In 1904, Roosevelt made him Secretary of War, and he became Roosevelt's hand-picked successor. Despite his personal ambition to become chief justice, Taft declined repeated offers of appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States, believing his political work to be more important. With Roosevelt's help, Taft easily defeated William Jennings Bryan for the presidency. As president, he focused on East Asia more than European affairs. Taft sought reductions to trade tariffs, then a major source of governmental income, but the resulting bill was heavily influenced by special interests. His administration was filled with conflict between the conservative wing of the Republican Party, with which Taft often sympathized, and the progressive wing, toward which Roosevelt favored. Controversies over conservation and antitrust cases filed by the Taft administration served to further separate the two men. Roosevelt challenged Taft for re-nomination in 1912. Taft used his control of the party to gain a bare majority of delegates and Roosevelt left the party. The split left Taft with little chance of re-election and he won only Utah and Vermont in Wilson's victory. After leaving office, Taft returned to Yale as a professor, continuing his political activity and working against war through the League to Enforce Peace. In 1921, President Harding appointed Taft as chief justice, an office he had long sought. Chief Justice Taft was a conservative on business issues and worked to advance individual rights. He resigned in February of 1930 due to poor health and died the following month. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, the first president and first Supreme Court justice to be interred there.

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This document will be housed in a hard plastic, archival quality, protective sleeve.


Document: 18 x 15 inches. Protective sleeve: 22 x 20 inches.  

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