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William McKinley Second Inauguration Entrance Ticket Featuring New VP Theodore Roosevelt

An entrance ticket to the second inauguration ceremonies of 25th U.S. President William McKinley (1843-1901). McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), his new vice presidential running mate and future 26th U.S. President, are depicted in two roundels surrounded by elaborate foliate and scroll decoration and Roman imagery. Entitled in Gothic script: "Inauguration of the President / of the United States / March fourth / Nineteen hundred and one"; and accompanied by the names and facsimile signatures of members of the Committee of Arrangements at lower right. Intaglio engraved by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing but without imprint. The entrance ticket is stamped "300" and bears the stamped name of "DM Ramsdell / Sergeant-at-Arms, U.S. Senate" verso. The right margin is perforated where the ticket receipt was removed. Expected surface wear including minor wrinkles and isolated stains recto and verso. Else near fine. 8.625" x 5.125."

President William McKinley was inaugurated for a second time on March 4, 1901, on the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol Building. After Garret Hobart, McKinley's vice president during his first term, had died in 1899, McKinley had carried on without one. Theodore Roosevelt would serve as McKinley's vice president for only six months, between March - September 1901. Roosevelt assumed the presidency following McKinley's assassination and death on September 14, 1901.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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