1898 Department Of State Passport Signed By Secretary Of State, John Sherman For Sale"After serving in the Spanish-American War, Ramsay returned to DuPont and in 1903 was named to head DuPont's new Engineering Department. Beginning with a staff of just two engineers, a draftsman and a secretary, Chief Engineer Ramsay steadily expanded the department to 120 engineers and a payroll of 800 by 1914. Under his direction, DuPont's Engineering Department undertook a variety of construction projects for the company's growing operations, including plant design and construction, as well as non-industrial projects such as the DuPont Theatre, formerly The Playhouse Theatre, and the Hotel du Pont in downtown Wilmington". Ramsay's biggest challenge came with the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, when the Engineering Department orchestrated the rapid and massive expansion of munitions plants to meet Allied demands. On September 28, 1916, at age 50, Ramsay died while in the middle of this unprecedented expansion. In DuPont's Annual Report that year, company President Pierre S. du Pont singled out Ramsay's Engineering Department for praise in successfully meeting the huge construction demands. "No greater tribute can be paid to the memory of Major William G. Ramsay, late Chief Engineer of our Company," said President du Pont, "than to recognize his genius as the responsible factor in this achievement".copied from Internet Dated January 13, 1898, two-year passport issued by US Dept of State, signed by Secretary of State John Sherman(brother of famous Civil War General), the signature appears faded, may have been a stamped signature. Ramsay, the subject of document, signed at lower left corner(see pic). Document also contains Dept of State official seal(see pic), with source of light from below, a spectacular watermark is revealed(see pic)depicting the bald eagle. Splitting at upper fold lines, just a bit at bottom, wrinkles, comes with original envelope with "Hercules Powder" Co. address(gunpowder company), envelope, whchs is badly torn, wrinkled. From smoke-free, pet-free home, email any questions, payment appreciated. within 3 days of sale's end.On May-21-13 at 06:43:41 PDT, seller added the following information:In 1880, John Sherman sought the Republican nomination for the presidency hoping to become a compromise candidate between Ulysses S. Grant and James G. Blaine, but lost it to his campaign manager James A. Garfield.
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