National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Francis B. Loomis Papers

(Microfilm Edition)

Stanford University Libraries

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Francis Butler Loomis (1861 –1948) graduated from Marietta College in 1883 and joined the staff of the New York Tribune. At the age of 23 he served as head of the press bureau of the Republican National Committee during the James G. Blaine campaign of 1884. Again served as press agent in 1888 during the successful presidential campaign of Benjamin Harrison and was appointed U.S. Consul to St. Etinne, France in 1890. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plentipotentiary to Venezuela. From 1901-1902 he served as Minister to Portugal; in 1902 he was appointed First Assistant Secretary of State under John Hay and upon Hay's death served as Secretary of State ad interim. During his State Department tenure, his commissions included final negotiations which resulted in the acquisition of the Panama Canal Zone, service as special ambassador to France to receive the body of John Paul Jones and Special Envoy Extraordinary to Japan, arranging the visit of the U.S. fleet to that country in 1908. Shortly before World War I Loomis returned to private business as foreign trade adviser to the Standard Oil Company serving until retirement. The materials include official and personal correspondence, reports, legal briefs, speeches, publications, photographs, and clippings.

9 reels, 23-page guide

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Francis Butler Loomis, 1903


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