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Picture of William Rufus DayBIOGRAPHY

William Rufus Day
Secretary of State, 
Term of Appointment: 04/26/1898 to 09/16/1898

  • Born in Ravenna, Ohio, April 17,1849;
  • Graduated from the University of Michigan in 1870;
  • Admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in Canton, Ohio;
  • Married Mary Elizabeth Schaefer in 1873;
  • Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 1886-1890;
  • Appointed United States Judge for the Northern District of Ohio in 1889, but because of ill health resigned before taking office;
  • Served as Assistant Secretary of State 1897-1898;
  • Commissioned Secretary of State in President McKinley's Cabinet April 26, 1898, entered upon his duties April 28, 1898, and served until September 16, 1898;
  • As Secretary of State, secured the neutrality of the nations of western Europe in the Spanish-American War and signed the protocol of 1898 for the cessation of hostilities;
  • Chairman of the United States Commission that negotiated and signed the treaty of peace of 1898 with Spain;
  • Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit 1899-1903;
  • Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court 1903-1922;
  • Umpire in the Mixed Claims Commission, United States and Germany, 1922-1923;
  • Died at his summer home on Mackinac Island. Michigan, July 9, 1923.

Released on July 15, 2003

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