May 13, 1910. SIGNED as President "Wm H Taft" and COUNTERSIGNED by Secretary of War "JM Dickenson" [Jacob M. Dickenson]. 15.25" x 18.5" thick, crisp, smooth vellum in near fine condition with only 6 expected mailing folds and some faint soiling near top left corner. Taft's signature is in his short but flourishing, firm hand in gold ink. United States of America War Office brilliant blue, embossed seal in lower left corner missing one tooth. Calligraphic hand completed portion of the document is steady and handsome. The vellum still shivers. This will make any wall a credible example of framed manuscripts.
Additionally signed by The Adjutant General "Fred C Ainsworth" on June 4, 1910 in upper left corner within the red stamped administration. He was credited as an organizational genius who took control of the records keeping of the military.
William Howard Taft (1857 - 1930) was the 27th President of the U.S. from 1909 - 1913 and the 10th Supreme Court Justice from 1921 - 1930.
The Commission favors "John H. Janeway" as "Colonel on the retired list of the Army" on the "twenty third day of April 1904". Dr. Janeway is cited in the book, "Battlefield and Classroom" by Brig. Gen. Richard Henry Pratt for his work on the Plains with the Indians and eventually became the Deputy Surgeon General. Item #208
"And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders as "Colonel, retired"...Given under my hand at the City of Washington." - Wm H Taft.