John Milton Hay (1838-1905) Signed Document, "John Hay", 1 pg., 12 x 17, ornate passport issued to Wesley Williams "accompanied by his wife", 23 January 1904 (just a few months before Hays death), embossed eagle at top and the large seal remains intact at lower center, several Egyptian stamps on the back, by the American statesman and official whose career in government stretched over almost half a century. Beginning as a private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln and later his biographer, Hay's highest office was United States Secretary of State under Presidents William McKinley, and when he was assassinated, Theodore Roosevelt. Hay read law in his uncle's office in Springfield, Illinois, adjacent to that of Lincoln. Hay worked for Lincoln's successful presidential campaign and became one of his private secretaries at the White House. Throughout the American Civil War, Hay was close to Lincoln and stood by his deathbed after the President was shot at Ford's Theatre. This ornate passport document is in fine condition, with intersecting folds (small separations), light stain in center, and a few tiny edge chips.