Appointment Credentials Consul Bohr

Appointment Credentials Consul Bohr

Frank Bohr served in the Department of State for 26 years from 1909 until 1935. These are three of his diplomatic appointment credentials signed by three different Secretary of State. For a passport collector, it is always exciting to find diplomatic passports from a consul or ambassador, and I had even once a diplomatic passport of a president. I was once offered even the passport of a former U.S. Secretary of State (one of the ten still living). But to find such appointment credentials is something special.

Appointment credentials Frank Bohr. 1911: Deputy Consul General at Berlin/Germany. Signed by Huntington Wilson
1911: Deputy Consul General at Berlin/Germany. Signed by Huntington Wilson
Appointment credentials Frank Bohr. 1911: Deputy Consul General at Berlin/Germany. Signed by Huntington Wilson
1911: Vice and Deputy Consul General, Santo Domingo/Dominican Republic. Signed by Alvey A. Adee
Appointment credentials Frank Bohr. 1911: Deputy Consul General at Berlin/Germany. Signed by Huntington Wilson
11915: Vice Consul Zurich/Switzerland. Singed by Robert Lansing

Bohr, Frank (b. 1877) — of Calexico, Imperial County, Calif.; Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in Wathena, Doniphan County, Kan., October 5, 1877. Republican. U.S. Deputy Consul General in Berlin, 1909-11; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul General in Santo Domingo, 1911-13; U.S. Vice Consul in Zurich, 1913-18; U.S. Consul in Cienfuegos, 1919-25; Mexicali, 1925-32; Sault Ste. Marie, 1932-35. His death date and the burial location are unknown. Appointment Credentials Consul Bohr

Bohr’s annual salary in Berlin as Deputy Consul (his first diplomatic post) was USD 1000 and in 1925 as Consul at Mexicali at USD 4000, according to the State Department register.

Robert Lansing (October 17, 1864 – October 30, 1928) was an American lawyer and high government official who served as Counselor to the State Department at the outbreak of World War I, and then as United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson from 1915 to 1920. A conservative pro-business Democrat, he was pro-British and a staunch defender of American rights at international law. He was a leading enemy of Germany autocracy and Russian Bolshevism. 

Alvey Augustus Adee (November 27, 1842 – July 4, 1924) was a long-time official with the United States Department of State who served as the acting Secretary of State in 1898 during the Spanish–American War. He was the second of three senior State Department officials—the first being William Hunter and the third Wilbur J. Carr—whose overlapping careers provided continuity and proper management in American foreign policy for over a century, from the administration of President Andrew Jackson until that of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Francis Mairs Huntington Wilson (1875-1946) was a United States diplomat and author who served as United States Assistant Secretary of State from 1909 to 1913. After college, Wilson joined the United States Consular and Diplomatic Service, becoming a Second Secretary at the United States Legation in Tokyo. He was promoted to First Secretary in 1900 and then to Chargé d’Affaires in 1901. Wilson returned to the United States in 1906, becoming Third Assistant Secretary of State in Washington, D.C., and the Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the Consular and Diplomatic Service. With the outbreak of the Young Turk Revolution in 1908, President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt named Wilson Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Ottoman Empire. He was also sent on a mission to Argentina.

He worked briefly for the National City Bank in New York City, before becoming president of a Waterbury, Connecticut company that made signaling devices. He then returned to Philadelphia, serving as Director of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum from 1928 to 1932. Wilson married his third wife, Hope Butler of New York City, in 1925. Wilson died in New Haven, Connecticut, on December 31, 1946.

The appointment credentials signed by Wilson are the most interesting ones.


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