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Hon. George vonL. Meyer '79, Secretary of the Navy, will deliver a lecture on "The Navy" in the Living Room of the Union this evening at 8 o'clock. The lecture will be illustrated by stereopticon naval views. It will be open to members of the Union only.
Secretary Meyer began his political career in 1892 as a member of the Massachusetts Legislature, being Republican speaker of the Lower House from 1894 to 1897. At the time of the Paris Exposition in 1898, he was chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Commissioners. President McKinley appointed him Ambassador to Italy in 1905 and later Ambassador to Russia, which position he resigned to enter President Roosevelt's cabinet as Postmaster-General. President Taft appointed him to his present office at the beginning of the administration.
While in the diplomatic corps Mr. Meyer was made a Chevalier of the Order of St. Maurice and St. Lazarus by the Italian Government, and of Alexander Nevsky by Russia. He was also honored by Japan with the Cross of the Rising Sun. Mr. Meyer has rendered very effective service as Secretary of the Navy and it is largely through his efforts that the United States Navy has become-one of the most powerful fighting machines in the world.
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