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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT APPOINTS LEONARD M. THOMAS TO THE AMERICAN LEGATION IN SPAIN JUST A FEW YEARS AFTER THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

 

THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919). Roosevelt was the Twenty-Sixth President of the United States.

       

DS. 1pg. 16” x 12 ¼”. January 10, 1907. Washington D.C. A printed document signed Theodore Roosevelt as President of the United States. Roosevelt appoints “Leonard M. Thomas of Pennsylvania” to the position of “Secretary of the Legation of the United States of America at Madrid, Spain”. Leonard Moorehead Thomas came from a wealthy Philadelphia family, served as an American diplomat around the turn of the century, and later distinguished himself in the army during World War One, earning the French Croix du Guerre. Thomas was the first husband of writer and actress Blanche Oelrichs, who later married American actor John Barrymore. The appointment is also signed Robert Bacon as Acting Secretary of State. The document is in fine condition with a dark autograph, light wrinkling and a complete Seal of the United States.  It is matted in cream and framed with gold wood.  This was signed less than a decade after Roosevelt charged up San Juan Hill in the Spanish American War.