July 29, 1892

President Benjamin Harrison: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Discovery of America

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Gearing up for one of the great events of the Gilded Age – the World’s Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America - Harrison authorizes the Seal of the United States to be affixed to a document entitled "The administration of the United States Government at the beginning of the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America." The Exposition, like the Columbian State paper voted by Congress, was intended to capture the essence of the America which would spearhead the new – “the American” - century.

Document Signed, as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 page, quarto, Washington, July 29. 1892.

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Transcript

I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to the document entitled "The administration of the United States Government at the beginning of the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America" as provided for in the joint resolution of Congress approved July 23, 1892 dated this day, and signed by me; and for so doing this shall be his warrant.

BENJ HARRISON

Washington, July 29th, 1892.

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29 July 1892
U.S. Government at the beginning of the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America