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William Howard Taft

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William Howard Taft, 1857-1930.  27th President of the United States, 1909-1913; Chief Justice of the United States, 1921-1930.  Partially printed Document Signed, Wm H Taft, Washington, D.C., March 11, 1911.  Countersigned by Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock.

This is an attractive document in which Taft appoints William T. Elliott the postmaster at Houston, Missouri.  The gold foil seal is perfect and completely intact.  Taft's signature is slightly brushed in a couple of places, and the document has a bit of age toning and scattered wrinkles from being rolled up for nearly a century, but this is nevertheless a fine example.

Hitchcock (1869-1935) has his own place in history.  As Postmaster General, he established both parcel post and the first air mail service, between Garden City and Mineola, New York, in 1911.




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