Lot 48: Partly-printed vellum DS as president, one page, 17.75 x 11.75, January 25, 1886. President Cleveland appoints "John G. Walker, a Captain in the Navy…Chief of the Bureau of Navigation." Boldly signed at the conclusion by President Cleveland and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy William Collins Whitney. The blue seal affixed to the left side remains intact with a couple chips to points. In fine condition, with a mild crease to the left side. Walker had served in the Union Navy under David Dixon Porter during the Civil War, participating in the operations which resulted in the fall of New Orleans. He later came under scrutiny while serving as chief of the Bureau of Navigation, when an 1891 New York Times exposé revealed that he was promoting senior officers to positions well beneath their abilities; in doing so, Walker hoped they would retire out of boredom and thereby increase his own seniority. Despite these allegations, he was eventually promoted to rear admiral. An uncommonly bright and boldly signed military commission from Cleveland's first term.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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