Washington DC: September 11, 1893. 19.5" x 15", SIGNED as Grover Cleveland and counter signed by Secretary of the Treasury, "J G. Carlisle". Uniformly toned with stain across lower edge, small closed tear at top right corner, 1/2" chip at center top, none affecting printed or signed portion of the document. Presidential Seal not present, but imprint still visible in lower left.
Murray Vandiver (1845 - 1916) was educated in the public schools of Harford County, at Havre de Grace Academy, and was graduated from Eastman National Poughkeepsie Business college in Poughkeepsie. He began a lumber business in Havre de Grace in 1865 and remained there until 1878 when he joined his father in the business of shipping brick moulding sand to Baltimore, Philadelphia and other cities. After the death of his father in 1885, Vandiver ran the business alone until 1890. A lifelong Democrat,Vandiver held various positions in the Harford County Democratic Executive Committee, delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1892, 1896, 1900, and 1904, and chairman,Democratic State Central Committee, 1897-1899. In 1892 he was appointed a commissioner of the World's Fair. President Grover Cleveland appointed Vandiver Collector of Internal Revenue for Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware, and Virginia's Eastern Shore. He served from 1893 to 1897. Vandiver was a colonel on the staff of Governor Robert M. McLane and served as brigadier general on Governor John Walter Smith's staff. He held the office of Treasurer of Maryland from 1900 until 1916. Item #1986
"Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity, Diligence and Discretion of Murray Vandiver I have Nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate to Appoint him Collector of Internal Revenue for the District of Maryland."