Appointment of John J. Pershing to Major General




The signed certificate of appointment of John J. Pershing as major general in the U.S. Army.


Gilder Lehrman Collection, New York Historical Society, New York


Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of John J.Pershing I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him Major General in the service of the United States: to rank as such from the twenty fifth day of September nineteen hundred and sixteen He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Major General by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging.And I do strictly charge and require all Officers and Soldiers under his command to be obedient to his orders as Major General And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions, from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future President of the United States of America, or the General or other superior Officers set over him, according to the rules and discipline of War.The Commission to continue in force during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being.Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixteen and in the one hundred and forty-first year of the independence of the United States.
By the President:
Secretary of War.

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 and Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937, “Appointment of John J. Pershing to Major General,” 1916 December 2, WWP15043, Gilder-Lehrman Institute for American History Woodrow Wilson Documents, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.