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Garret Hobart
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Garret Hobart reproduction check.  Hobart (1844-1899) New Jersey-born 24th US Vice President (1897–99) under President McKinley, 6th VP to die in office. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1863, and was a generous donor to Rutgers. He received an honorary degree after becoming VP, and shortly before his death was elected a trustee. Hobart was admitted to the bar in 1866, and became a wealthy corporate lawyer. A Republican, he was the 1st to lead both houses of the state legislature. From 1876, he was a delegate to every GOP convention in his lifetime, member of the New Jersey Republican Committee 1880-91, and New Jersey's representative on the national committee after 1884, rising to vice chairman. New Jersey delegates went to the 1896 Republican Convention determined to nominate him for Vice President. With New Jersey a key state in the upcoming election, McKinley and Mark Hanna, decided to have the convention select Hobart. He emulated McKinley with a front porch campaign, but spent much time at the campaign's New York City office. As VP, he was a popular figure in Washington and a close adviser to McKinley. Hobart's tact and good humor were invaluable to the President. Hobart was a strong supporter of the gold standard and insisted it be a major part of the Republican campaign. Though a protectionist, he believed the money issue, not tariffs, led to victory. Mckinley & Hobart were already friends; after the Inauguration, a close relationship grew between them and their wives. Jennie 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 wife Ida with a White House function. Hobart became a close adviser to McKinley and his Cabinet, although not called upon to attend Cabinet meetings. In late 1897-early 1898, many called for intervention in Cuba increasingly after the battleship "Maine" sank in Havana harbor. McKinley sought delay, hoping to settle the disputes 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 with which to sign the declaration. Hobart was more assertive as Senate president than his predecessors. With experience as presiding officer in the New Jersey Legislature, he was more assertive, 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". He was instrumental in securing ratification of the Treaty of Paris to end the Spanish-American War. By late 1898, Hobart had fallen ill with 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, 1899 at 55; his place on the 1900 GOP ticket was taken by New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt. DS, uncommon personal 2 3/4 x 8 First National Bank of Paterson, New Jersey reproduction check #4996 completed in another hand while Vice President, July 29 1897, Hobart's name printed vertically at left side, paying $90 to the Agricultural National Bank.


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