Lot: 19 U. S. Grant Naval Appointment Partly-printed DS as president January 17, 1873



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Lot 19: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 14.5 x 18.5, January 17, 1873. President Grant appoints Seaton Schroeder "a Lieutenant in in the Navy? in the service of the United States." Signed at the conclusion by Grant and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy George M. Robeson. Beautifully triple matted and framed to an overall size of 33.5 x 30. Intersecting folds, some scattered light wrinkling, and Grant's fine dark signature, Document very fine condition. The blue seal is fine condition. Seaton had a illustrious career and later became an Admiral in the Navy. First He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1864, because of the American Civil War. After the civil war, he spent two years in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) where he helped develop the Driggs-Schroeder rapid-fire gun in partnership with Navy Commander William H. Driggs. He returned to sea in 1890 as the Commanding Officer of Vesuvius. In 1893, he began a three-year tour as ordnance officer,Following his appointment as executive officer of the battleship Massachusetts (BB-2), he participated in the American blockade of Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War and was advanced three numbers in rank "for eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle" during five engagements between 31 May and 4 July 1898. He was appointed Naval governor of Guam on 19 July 1900, and there commanded Yosemite and later, Brutus (AC-15). On 1 May 1903, Schroeder became Chief Intelligence Officer of the Navy.In 1906 he commanded various divisions in the Atlantic Fleet. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1908, he hoisted his flag on Connecticut (BB-18) when he took command of the Atlantic Fleet on 8 March 1909. Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction Thursday, 19th November 2015 Estimate: $1200-1500
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