BLISS, TASKER HOWARD. (1853-1930). American general who served as chief of staff of the U.S. Army and was instrumental in the negotiations that ended World War I. Image Signed. (“Tasker H. Bliss”). 1p. Folio. N.p., N.d. Original pen-and-ink bust drawing by French artist ROBERT KASTOR (1872-1936), depicting Bliss in uniform and inscribed by him: “The spirit of Liberty assured us for Victory.”
A West Point graduate, Bliss held several teaching positions at military schools until 1895, when he joined the office of the U.S. secretary of war. He traveled to Spain as a military attaché in the days leading up to the Spanish-American War, and after the war he successfully led diplomatic negotiations in Cuba. In 1905, he was transferred to the Philippines where he governed several provinces.
After his tenure as president of the U.S. Army War College, he was served as the Army’s assistant chief of staff from 1915 to September 1917, after which he was promoted to the Army’s top leadership position. Although his age compelled him to retire in December 1917, President Woodrow Wilson recalled him to active duty and he represented the United States at the Paris Peace Conference in January 1918, where he was one of the signatories of the Treaty of Versailles.
In excellent condition.