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#37 - Warren G. Harding

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Scarce appointment for a controversial admiral

Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 15 x 19, October 8, 1921. President Harding appoints Walton R. Sexton as “a Captain in the Navy.” Crisply signed at the conclusion by President Harding and countersigned by Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby. The blue seal affixed at the bottom remains crisp and fully intact. In fine condition. Accompanied by two additional commissions for Sexton, not signed by presidents, including one issued during the Hoover administration appointing him as “Rear Admiral” and one issued under Franklin D. Roosevelt appointing him as “Commander, Battleships, Battle Force, U. S. Fleet.” Sexton became a controversial voice in the US Navy in the 1940s over the question of segregation. While serving as chairman of the Navy’s General Board in 1942, he objected to the idea of desegregation in the military and discouraged the active recruitment of black soldiers. Woodrow Wilson is generally considered the last president to have signed this format of military commission, with very few such documents signed by Harding. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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