1899 Massachusetts Governor ROGER WOLCOTT Appoints George N. Goddard NOTARY PUB. For Sale
1899 Massachusetts Governor ROGER WOLCOTT Appoints George N. Goddard NOTARY PUB.: $20.00
Offered here is a 1p. partly-printed DS, 11" x 17" (folded sheet), dated August 2, 1899, a Commonwealth of Massachusetts governor's appointment of George N. Goddard of Boston "... to be One of Our Notaries Public, within and for the Commonwealth...," bearing the signatures of Roger Wolcott (Governor) and Wm. M. Olin (Secretary), and signed on p.3 by Isaac Edgett and Wm. N.(?) Morgan. Folds, small spot, nice paper seal-- overall in excellent condition.ROGER WOLCOTT, the forty-first governor of Massachusetts, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 13, 1847. His education was attained at Harvard University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1870, and four years later earned a law degree. Wolcott entered politics in 1882, serving as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a position he held two years. He also served as the first president of the Massachusetts Republican Club, and was the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 1892 to 1896. On March 5, 1896, Governor Frederic T. Greenhalge passed away, and Wolcott, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He was elected to his own term on November 3, 1896, and won reelection in 1897 and 1898. During his tenure, the Spanish-American War had started; funding was secured for military expenses; and the state’s troops were the first to be deployed to active duty. After completing his term, Wolcott left office on January 4, 1900. He later served as a Republican presidential elector in 1900. Wolcott also declined an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Italy, as well as turning down an appointment as Commissioner to the Philippines. Governor Roger Wolcott passed away on December 21, 1900, and was buried in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ISAAC H. EDGETT (1838-1917) was a cabinet maker by trade. When the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteers, rising to the rank of Captain. He was wounded in the Battle of Cold Harbor and mustered out of service at war's end in 1865. Afterwards he served in the Massachusetts legislature in the Office of the Secretary of State and later as the 1st Deputy Secretary of State in 1888. Edgett retired in 1913.