Document Signed by President William McKinley Close to His Assassination

August 22, 1901

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Document Signed by President William McKinley Close to His Assassination
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1 page | SMC 1190

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      At the turn of the last century, the sitting President, William McKinley, went on vacation in the summer of 1901 – for three months. This document, albeit headlined Washington, was signed during that idyll, his last, before his appointment in Buffalo two weeks later.

      Rare as of this date, so close to McKinley's assassination.


      Document Signed, as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript; 1 page, large oblong folio (19” by 15”), Washington, August 22, 1901. Co-signed by the Acting Secretary of War and replete with blue wafer Seal.
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      THE PRESIDENT
      OF 
      THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

      To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting:

      Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Valor, Fidelity, and Abilities of 
      Willard D. Newbill, I do appoint him Captain in the Artillery Corps
      in the service of the United States: to rank as such from the twenty-second day of August,
      nineteen eighteen [sic] hundred and one.  He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Captain
      by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging.

      And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders as
      Captain . And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as he shall receive from
      me, or the future President of the United States of America, or the General or other superior Officers set over him, according to the
      rules and discipline of War.  
      This Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States, for
      the time being, and until the end of the next session of the Senate


      Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this twenty-second day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand
      nine hundred and one and in the one hundred and twenty-sixth year of the Independence of the United States.

      By the President:  WILLIAM MCKINLEY

      Acting Secretary of War.  WM CARY SANGER