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

July 29, 1892

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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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      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 ad-
      ministration 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

      Administration of the U.S. Government at the
      beginning of the 400th anniversary of the discovery
      of America &c