On the First Day of His Second Term, William McKinley Promotes a War Hero

March 5, 1901

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On the First Day of His Second Term, William McKinley Promotes a War Hero
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      On the first full day of his second term, McKinley gets back to business, promoting war hero Lt. Commander James Kelsey Cogwell to Commander.


      Document Signed, as President, partially printed and accomplished in manuscript, 1 page, elephant folio, Washington, D.C. March 5, 1901; being an elaborately engraved military appointment; co-signed by Secretary of Navy JOHN DAVIS LONG. With wafer Seal affixed.
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      William McKinley.
      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 James K. Cogswell I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate do advance him five numbers in rank on the list of Commanders in the Navy for Eminent and Conspicuous Conduct in Battle from the 11th day of February 1901. in the service of the UNITED STATES. He is therefore carefully and diligently, to discharge the Duties of a Commander by doing and performing all Manner of Things thereto belonging.

      And I do strictly charge and require, all Officers, Seamen and Marines, under his Command to be obedient to his Orders as a Commander [sic]  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 his Superior Officer set over him: according to the Rules and Discipline of THE NAVY.

      This COMMISSION to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being.

      Given under my Hand at Washington, this fifth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine
      Hundred and
      One and in the 125th. year of the Independence of the United States.


      By the President

      WILLIAM McKINLEY


      JOHN D. LONG
      Secretary of the Navy.