Washington DC: December 15,1909. SIGNED "Wm H Taft", countersigned by Secretary of the Treasury, "Franklin MacVeagh", both signatures are dark, clean, neat, and firm. 19" x 15". Affixed to lower left is a gilt, embossed Seal of the Treasury of the United States, slight gathering in the upper quadrant of the seal, missing four teeth on the perimeter, yet still vibrant. Red line highlights emphasize this as an attractive and frameable document.
This appointment nominates Daniel Patrick Foley to Senior Captain in Revenue Cutter Service. His role in history is as the Commanding Officer of the Bearing Sea Fleet. While conducting anti-poaching patrols on 27 July 1910, the United States Revenue Cutter Commodore Perry ran aground in a thick fog off near Tonki Point,in the Pribilof Islands. The ship began taking on water almost immediately. As there was no salvage capability in the Pribilof Islands at that time, Foley, ordered her stripped and abandoned. At the time of the incident, there were about 50 officers and men aboard. All were saved and distributed amongst the other vessels in the fleet.
William Howard Taft (1857 – 1930) is currently the answer to the trivia question; Who was the only person to be both the President of of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Fine. Item #2057
“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” - William Howard Taft.