President William McKinley's Appointment of the Antisemitic Selah Merrill as Consul at Jerusalem

January 22, 1898

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President William McKinley's Appointment of the Antisemitic Selah Merrill as Consul at Jerusalem
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1 page | SMC 1879

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      Selah Merrill, having held the post of U.S. Consul at Jerusalem for almost three decades – appointed by three Republican presidents – is here installed in that position for the last time by President McKinley. Added to Merrill’s record of longevity, is this dubious distinction: he is generally considered the greatest reviler of the Jews to ever occupy the post of consul at Jerusalem.


      Document Signed, as President, partially-printed and accomplished in manuscript, being the appointment of Selah Merrill as the U.S. Consul at Jerusalem and Syria; 1 page, oblong folio, Washington, January 22, 1898. Co-signed by Secretary of State John Sherman.
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