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1927 Government Appointment signed by Calvin Coolidge  

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Government Appointment, signed by Calvin Coolidge

Coolidge, Calvin

Washington, DC


October 3, 1927


20" x 16". Signed "Calvin Coolidge" on a printed document appointing Theodore L. Cogswell to the position of Register of Wills, District of Columbia; Washington, DC. Counter signed by Attorney General, John Garibaldi Sargent. Document is affixed by the red seal of the Department of Justice. 

Theodore L. Cogswell, who was first appointed register of wills for the District of Columbia in 1927. As a First Lieutenant during WWI he received a Distinguished Service Cross citation for "extraordinary heroism in action" while serving with 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F. at Landres St. George, France, in 1918.


Ccitation reads: "In the advance of that day Lieutenant Cogswell's company was halted by intense machine-gun fire while passing through barbed-wire entanglements. In the face of this fire Lieutenant Cogswell voluntarily crawled down a slope in front of the enemy's position and in full view thereof, discovered a sunken road at the foot of the slope, crawled back to his company, and led them to the advanced position. Immediately upon reaching the new position he again voluntarily sought a favorable forward position, crawling a distance of 75 yards toward the enemy, when he was severely wounded. The outstanding bravery and devotion to duty displayed by Lieutenant Cogswell served to incite the men of his company to heroic endeavors, enabling them to assist in the capture of the town of Landres-et-St. Georges, together with 209 prisoners, 9 field pieces, and 15 machine guns."


Lot Amendments

Ink is smudged on the "ohn" of Sargent's first name; handful of pin point brown spots, nick on bottom right corner and center bottom; very good.

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