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William McKinley Commission Signed as President, for Harry Lee Bailey, Captain

William McKinley. Partially printed document signed. 1p, 15.5 x 19 in., on vellum, with embossed seal, affixed lower left. Washington, December 28, 1897. Appointment of Harry L. Bailey as Captain of Infantry. Signed by William McKinley (1843-1901) as President (1897-1901), and Russell A. Alger (1836-1907), as Secretary of War (1897-1899).

Born in Dalton, Ohio in 1854, Harry Lee Bailey graduated from West Point in 1876. He was appointed Second Lieutenant on June 15, 1876 and served in the Nez Perce War in 1877 and the Bannock War in 1878. As a result of his gallant service in action against the Indians at Clearwater, Idaho on July 11 and 12, 1877, Bailey was brevetted First Lieutenant on February 27, 1890. Following his experiences in the Nez Perce and Bannock Wars, he was promoted to First Lieutenant on March 25, 1884; Regimental Quartermaster from February 28, 1889 - June 30, 1891; and Captain on December 2, 1897. After participating in the Spanish American War, Bailey was transferred to the 27th Infantry in June of 1902, and within ten days, he was appointed Major of the 2nd Infantry. Eight years later, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, 5th Infantry, on March 12, 1910, and after 30 years of service, at his own request, Bailey retired on August 27, 1910.

Condition:Signatures remain strong; few folds in document.

Estimate: $400 - $600
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