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William Rufus Day
Birth: Apr. 17, 1849
Death: Jul. 9, 1923

US Supreme Court Associate Justice, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Born in Ravenna, Ohio, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1870 and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1872. A successful lawyer, he befriended the future president William McKinley and was appointed district judge for the Northern District of Ohio in 1886. In 1898, President William McKinley appointed Day Secretary of State and he worked tirelessly to secure the neutrality of Europe during the Spanish-American War. As the US representative to the peace conference in Paris, Day successfully negotiated with Spain the ceding of Cuba, Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rice to the United States for $20 million. After resigning as Secretary of State he returned to the legal profession until 1903, when President Roosevelt nominated him associate justice of the US Supreme Court. He had a distinguished career in the Supreme Court, serving until he resigned due to failing health in 1922. He died at age 74 in Mackinac Island, Michigan. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Luther Day (1813 - 1885)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Schaefer Day (1850 - 1912)*
 
 Children:
  William Louis Day (1876 - 1936)*
  Luther Day (1879 - 1965)*
  Rufus Spalding Day (1884 - 1963)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Rufus Day (1849 - 1923)
  Edward L. Day (1852 - 1864)*
  Charles Francis Day (1860 - 1937)*
  David Barnes Day (1863 - 1947)*
  Robert Henry Day (1867 - 1933)*
  Anna B. Day Hunt (1872 - 1959)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
West Lawn Cemetery
Canton
Stark County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Please add links:Father: Luther L Day 96259725Mother: Emily Swift Spalding 96260528
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-Anonymous
 Added: Jul. 9, 2012
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 St...(Read more)
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 Added: Apr. 17, 2012
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