Hobart, Garret A.
1899 autograph sentiment signed as (McKinley’s) VP 18 days before he died in office, replaced on 1900 ticket by Theodore Roosevelt
Type: Autograph Sentiment Signed
Description: (1844-1899) New Jersey-born Vice President (1897–99, McKinley), 6th VP to die in office.
Rutgers College 1863 graduate. admitted to New Jersey bar 1866, became a wealthy corporate lawyer. New Jersey delegates went to the 1896 GOP Convention were determined to nominate him for Vice President. With New Jersey a key state in the upcoming election, McKinley and Mark Hanna let the Convention select Hobart. He emulated McKinley with a front porch campaign, but spent much time at the campaign’s NYC office.
As VP, he was popular in Washington, a close adviser to McKinley, his tact and humor invaluable to the President. Hobart was a strong supporter of the gold standard and insisted it be a major part of the GOP campaign. A protectionist, he still believed the money issue, not tariffs, led to victory. After the Inauguration, a close relationship grew between McKinley, Hobart and their wives. Mrs. Hobart often substituted for the First Lady at receptions and other events, and visited her daily. The Hobarts often entertained at their house, useful to McKinley who could meet informally with congressmen without straining his ill wife Ida with a White House function. In late 1897-early 1898, many called for intervention in Cuba after the battleship “Maine” sank in Havana harbor. McKinley sought delay, hoping to settle the dispute peacefully, but in April 1898, Hobart told him the Senate would act against Spain whether McKinley liked it or not. Congress declared war on April 25, and Hobart sent McKinley a pen to sign the declaration.
He was more assertive as Senate President than his predecessors, ruling on disputes and trying to expedite legislation. He was so successful at guiding the Administration’s agenda through the Senate that he was called “the assistant President”, instrumental in securing ratification of the Treaty of Paris to end the Spanish-American War. By late 1898, Hobart had a serious heart ailment first concealed from the public. He continued Senate duty, but nearly collapsed after delivering an address, closing the session. On Nov. 1, 1899, it was announced that he would not return to public life. He died Nov. 21, his place on the 1900 GOP ticket taken by New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt.
Autograph sentiment (“Yours very sincerely”) signed on a 3 x 4 heavy card as VP dated November 3 1898 by him.
Condition: Very good