Items of Interest

George B. Cortelyou took the oath of office as Secretary of the Department of Commerce and Labor on the 18th. At the same time William Loeb, Jr., was sworn in as secretary to the President. The oaths were administered by Chief Justice Fuller of the United States Supreme Court.

The new secretary's official career began in 1889 as private secretary to the post office inspector in New York. Later he was confidential stenographer to the surveyor of the port of New York; private secretary to the Fourth Assistant Postmaster General; in 1895 executive clerk and confidential stenographer to President Cleveland; in 1898 assistant secretary to President McKinley and later secretary, which position he has continued to hold with President Roosevelt.

"Looking unto Jesus"
February 26, 1903

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