James Russell Soley

1 October 1850 - 11 September 1911

 30 September 1871 Appointment letter of Professor Soley.

Appointment letter dated
30 September 1871.

  United States Naval Academy.
I, James Russell Soley, of the State of
Massachusetts, aged [blank]years
[blank] months, having been appointed
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an Assistant Professor,
do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have never voluntarily borne arms against the United
States since I have been a citizen thereof; that I have voluntarily given no aid, countenance,
cousel, or encouragement to persons engaged in armed hostility thereto; that I have neither
sought, nor attempted to exercise the functions of any office whatever, under
any authority, or pretended authority, in hositility to the United States; that I have not
yielded a voluntary support to any pretended government, authority, power, or constittution,
within the United States, hostile or inimical thereto. And I do further swear (or affirm)
that, to the best of my knowledge and ability, I will support and defend the Constitution
of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and
allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or
purpose of evasion; and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on
which I am about to enter; So help me God.
James Russell Soley
Assistant Professor
State of Maryland
City of Annapolis }ss:
Sworn and subscribed to before me, this 30th day of September, 1871.
[], J.P.
The annexed blanks are to be filled by all Cadet Midshipmen subscribing to the above oath.

State or Territory in Which Born.

State or Territory From Which Appointed.

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Oct 1, 1850