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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Day, William Rufus, 1849- (search)
Rufus, 1849- Statesman; born in Ravenna, O., April 17, 1849; graduated at the University of Michigan in 1870: studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1872; began practice at Canton, O.; served as judge in the court of common pleas in 1886-90; appointed judge of the United States district court for the northern district of Ohio in 1889, but resigned before taking office on William Rufus day. account of ill health. In March, 1397, he was made assistant Secretary of State, and on April 26, 1898, succeeded John Sherman as head of the department. While in the State Department he had charge, under the President, of the delicate diplomatic correspondence preceding and during the war with Spain, and of the negotiation of the protocol of peace. After the latter had been accepted Judge Day was appointed chief of the United States peace commission, his place as Secretary of State being filled by John Hay, recalled as American ambassador to Great Britain. After the ratification of th
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rowan, Andrew summers 1881- (search)
Rowan, Andrew summers 1881- Military officer; born in Gap Mills, Va.; graduated at West Point in 1881; promoted captain in the 19th United States Infantry, April 26, 1898. At the opening of the war with Spain Captain Rowan was sent by the United States government with the message to Garcia. He landed on the island without knowing Garcia's whereabouts, and succeeded in finding Garcia and in bringing back a reply with full information concerning the Cuban insurgents. The successful accomplishment of his mission was one of the most brilliant exploits in the American-Spanish War.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Spain, War with (search)
ould have been avoided. In fact, only 52,000 men were landed on Spanish soil before the peace protocol was signed. The President was authorized to call for volunteers by act of Congress approved April 22, 1898, and, under the act approved April 26, 1898, authority was given to increase the regular army to 62,527 men, while the act approved May 11, 1898, authorized the enlistment of 10,000 immunes, to be organized into ten regiments, and of 3,500 engineers, to be organized into a brigade of t, gave a total force of 278,000 men. In order to secure a proper uniformity in equipment, and to promote the efficiency of the troops, the following letter was written and orders published: Headquarters of the army, Washington, D. C., April 26, 1898. Sir,—I regard it of the highest importance that the troops called into service by the President's proclamation be thoroughly equipped, organized, and disciplined for field service. In order that this may be done with the least delay, the