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GOETHALS, GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED CARD, WWI GENERAL, CIVIL ENGINEER, PANAMA CANAL

$300.00

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HE WAS A U. S. ARMY OFFICER AND ENGINEER WHO DIRECTED THE BUILDING OF THE PANAMA CANAL AND HAS BEEN CALLED “A GREAT ENGINEER, A GREAT SOLDIER, AND THE GREATEST CHIEF OF SUPPLY PRODUCED BY ANY NATION”

GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON GOETHALS (1858-1928) SIGNED CARD, “Geo. W. Goethals, Culebra, Canal Zone, Dec. 16, 1911”, on a card 4.25 x 3, by the United States Army General and civil engineer, best known for his administration and supervision of the construction and the opening of the Panama Canal. He was a West Point graduate (1880) and was later an instructor there, in civil and military engineering. President Theodore Roosevelt believed that a U. S.-controlled canal across Central America was a vital strategic interest of the country and subsequently took control of the French Panama Canal property in a bankruptcy transaction and a minor military confrontation with Columbia, since Panama, at the time, was part of the country. In 1907 Roosevelt appointed Goethals chief engineer of the Panama Canal and under his direction the building of the canal was completed in 1914, two years ahead of schedule. And, Congress awarded him a promotion to Major General and the position as the first Civil Governor of the Panama Canal Zone. During WWI he resigned this position and eventually became acting Quarter Master General of the United States Army. The card is in fine condition, with minor age toning, and is boldly signed at the Panama Canal.

$300   #12741