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Flowers left for William Day
William Rufus Day: Sir, you will be remembered as a good friend of President William McKinley. You became McKinley's legal and political adviser during McKinley's candidacies for the Congress, the governorship of Ohio, and the presidency of the United States. After McKinley won the presidency, McKinley appointed Day to be the nation's 36th Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, you had the helm of taking care of the United States Peace Commission formed to negotiate an end to the Spanish-American War with Spain.After the Spanish-American War was declared, Day had argued that the Spanish colonies, other than Cuba, should be returned to Spain, contrary to McKinley's decision that the United States should take over from Spain control of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam. You also ,however, negotiated peace with Spain on McKinley's harsher terms. Your final diplomatic effort was to lead the United States Peace Commission into Paris, France and sign the Treaty of Paris ending the war. thanks for your hard work, happy birthday!
 Added: Apr. 17, 2012

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