Lot 39: Small archive related to the founding of the US Naval Training Station, highlighted by a vellum partly-printed DS, signed as president, "Theodore Roosevelt," one page, 14.25 x 18, January 14, 1908, appointing Albert Ross as "a Rear-Admiral in the Navy." Signed at the conclusion by President Roosevelt and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Victor H. Metcalf. The blue seal affixed near the bottom remains fully intact. Also includes six 7 x 5 glass negatives of the 1906 approved blueprints for the US Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, for which Ross was responsible. Additionally accompanied by a few period photos of Ross and later postcards depicting the station. In overall fine condition, with some scattered staining to edges of the document. The Great Lakes Naval Training Station project was approved by President Roosevelt in 1904, with a view to constructing the first naval training station in America. He made Ross the first commander and charged him with supervising the construction of the base, which remains the US Navy's only boot camp and has grown to include well over a thousand buildings. It was not until after Roosevelt's presidency that the facility became operational, opening its doors on July 1, 1911. An appealing group with interesting military significance.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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