William H. Taft 1908 Typed Letter Signed as Secretary of War – Yellowstone Park Content


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27th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Wm H. Taft”, April 1, 1908, 5.5×8.5, War Department letterhead, to “Major Henry T. Allen / 8th Cavalry / Fort Yellowstone, Wyoming”, in full:

At the request of Mr. Charles D. Hilles, a friend of mine in New York City, I beg to introduce to you Mr. F.G. Zinsser, President of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, who with a party of friends expects to take a riding trip through the Yellowstone Park when the season opens.

I shall appreciate any consideration which you may be able to extend to him and his party which will add to the pleasure of their trip.

Folds, mounting remnants to verso of blank second leaf.

Major General Henry Tureman Allen (April 13, 1859 – August 29, 1930) was a senior United States Army officer known for exploring the Copper River in Alaska in 1885 along with the Tanana and Koyukuk rivers by transversing 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of wilderness. His trek has been compared by Nelson A. Miles to that of Lewis and Clark.

Henry was born in Sharpsburg, Kentucky. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1882, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the cavalry. He served on the staff of General Nelson Miles. He later served as a military attaché to Russia (1890–1895) and Germany (1897–1898). Allen also served in the Spanish–American War in the Battle of El Caney.

Allen was then stationed to the Philippines to serve as military governor of Leyte in 1901. Eventually he organized and commanded the Philippine Constabulary, before going on in 1904 as an observer with the Japanese Army in Korea.

In August 1917, during World War I, Allen was promoted to brigadier general and given command of the 90th Infantry Division, a National Army (present-day United States Army Reserve) division based in Texas. His instructions were to bring them to full strength and convey them to the Western Front in June 1918.

Allen succeeded Pierrepont Noyes as U.S. Commissioner in the Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission.

Allen is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.