President William McKinley Orders Seal Affixed to his Proclamation on the Death of Vice President Hobart

November 21, 1899

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President William McKinley Orders Seal Affixed to his Proclamation on the Death of Vice President Hobart
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      For McKinley, the loss of Vice-President Hobart – so kind, social, and charming – was both a terrible personal and political blow. In his proclamation ordering government offices closed for the day of the funeral and the flags of the military flown at half-mast, he eulogized Hobart as a man whose sweetness of disposition won all hearts, while his whole-hearted devotion to the public good earned him universal respect and esteem. With this document, McKinley directs that the proclamation be given force of law, by the affixing of the Seal of the United States.

      Hobart’s untimely death, of course, necessitated a new Vice President: Theodore Roosevelt.


      Document Signed, as president, partially printed and accomplished in typescript; 1 page, quarto, Executive Mansion, Washington, November 21, 1899. Docketed on verso. To the Secretary of State, John Hay.
       
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      Executive Mansion,

      Washington, November 21, 1899.

      I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State
      to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to

      my proclamation respecting the death of Vice President
      Hobart,
      dated this day, and signed by me; and for so doing this
      shall be his warrant.


      WILLIAM McKINLEY

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      Nov. 21. 1899,

      Proclamation of the
      death of 
      Hon. Garret Hobart,
      Vice Prest. [sic] of the U.S.