Presidents and Political Leaders

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Civil War Governor of Massachusetts

John Andrew – Massachusetts Governor during the Civil War and strong support of Abraham Lincoln. Signed endorsement of a transmittal message with a letter from a Bowdoin College classmate seeking a job. The letter is a copy, Andrew apparently keeping the original. Andrew, expressing pity that a hard working and bright friend would need help requests Col. Browne to approach several key officials, including Sec. Stanton, to find his friend a clerkship. Andrew has signed at the conclusion or the request, which was written by an aide. Heavy folds on two panels from being wrapped around the copy of the original letter and probably filed for a long time. The signature is in fine condition. [#2693]

$100.00
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Blanche Bruce signed album page “B.K. Bruce Miss”. Bruce was a former slave who went on to become the first African-American to serve a full term in the United States Senate. The format of an autograph album page and his adding “Mississippi” suggests this was signed while a Senator. There is a portion of a small newspaper article pasted down to the page. On the other side is an autograph from Chicago businessman Potter Palmer, founder of the famed Palmer House Hotel. Bruce is not an easy signature to find and most seem to be on documents rather than anything from the Senate. [#4746]

$150.00
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William J. Bryan ALS on a blank sheet to journalist A. J. Stofer. Between events, Bryan pens a quick letter asking to meet with Stofer and lets him know he will soon be back in Washington. The letter is undated but the matching envelope from the Hotel LaFayette in Washington is postmarked Philadelphia October 25, 1921. Bryan addressed the envelope and also signed his name over the return address. There is a small tear at the edge of the envelope running between two letters of his signature.[#4854]

$300.00
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First Lady. ALS on Executive Mansion stationery May 8, 1888. One page letter about going to a concert. Signed in full "Frances F. Cleveland". Silked with some light toning around the edgesedges. Nice display example. [#1870]

$125.00
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Cleveland responds to recommendations regarding an Indian orphanage

Grover Cleveland—ALS as Governor, Sept. 15, 1883 to William Clement Bryant of Buffalo regarding the Thomas Indian Asylum. Cleveland reports that he has not accepted some recommendations from the school’s trustees and asks for a confidential report on the difficulties at the Asylum. The Thomas Orphan Asylum for Indian Children was created to care for orphaned Native American children—mostly Iroquois. It became an embarrassing symbol of warehoused neglect. Bryant was an early historian of American Indians, writing books and many articles on the subject. His work obviously extended to social and cultural support in trying to care of orphaned children.

This is a nice one page Cleveland letter as Governor although the real interest is the reference to Indian Asylum and the unhappy history of government ambivalence, if not neglect, towards orphaned Native children. The left edge is irregularly cut from removing the folded blank pages of the bi-folium sheet and there are two old small remnants of tape on two edges. This is an uncommon example of any piece connecting Cleveland with Native American matters.

William Clement Bryant served as president of the Buffalo City Council and president of the Buffalo Historical Society. He also served as a trustee of the Thomas Indian Asylum.
Charles Marshall was a leading citizen of Buffalo who like Bryant served on the Buffalo Historical Society and served as Trustee, Treasurer and Vice-President of the Orphan Asylum. In 1885 he was adopted into the Seneca Indian nation because of his interest in Native heritage and studies. [# 5102]

[Executive Chamber]
[Albany] Sept 15 [188]3
My dear Sir,

I have lately reviewed the suggestions of yourself and the Mr. Marshall as trustees of the Thomas Indian Asylum. Neither of these have been accepted.

Will you please tell me as confidentially as you desire, just what the difficulty is?

Yours very truly
Grover Cleveland
To Wm. C. Bryant, Esq
Buffalo.

$650.00
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To the man in whose home McKinley died

George Cortelyou – Cabinet member and aide to three Presidents. Signed letter on White House stationery to John Milburn on May 13, 1902. Serving as Theodore Roosevelt’s personal secretary (today’s Chief of Staff) Cortelyou informs Milburn that Roosevelt appointed him as a member of a committee to distribute aid relief funds to the people of Martinique and St. Vincent following damaging storms to the islands. There are also copies of three related telegrams regarding Courtelyou’s request that the Mayor of Buffalo E.C. Knight also be appointed to the committee. The letter has a heavy toned or soiled strip at the top of the paper but with particularly nice association being written to Milburn.

John Milburn was the Chairman of the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. He was present when McKinley was shot. The wounded president was taken to Milburn’s house where he died a week after being shot.

Cortelyou served as an aide to Presidents Grover Cleveland, William McKinley and TR. He also served TR as Secretary of Commerce and Labor, Treasury and Postmaster General. [#4502]

$75.00
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Eisenhower small 1955 gift card that accompanied a limited number of Christmas gift prints to friends and White House staff. The 4 x 3.25 card by Hallmark carries a gold and blue presidential seal. When opened there is an unsigned pre-printed message from the Eisenhowers. These are quite scarcer than the larger Christmas cards send in 1955. Approximately 1,300 prints of a painting by Ike along with these cards were prepared. It seems that many recipients hung on to prints but discarded the small cards. [#5297]

$300.00
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Ike's Dictionary of French military terms

Eisenhower, Dwight – hardbound French military dictionary signed by Eisenhower at the top of a blank page, with an apparently early signature suggesting it was his own copy. The “Dictionnaire Militaire” was published by the Librairie Militaire Berger-Levrault in 1911. It carries a blind embossed stamp and several internal rubber stamps, a couple crossed out, indicating it was once the property of US Technical Library of Edgewood Arsenal (Maryland). Although Eisenhower was not formally stationed there the cancelled library marks, placement of the signature, lack of inscription or date give every indication the signature was a mark of ownership rather than an autograph for another officer of autograph collector. This would have most likely been acquired by him after WWI when the library had less use for it. The pages are on thin paper with some minor water staining in areas. There is wear to the outer spine and some separation beginning on the cover, which should be repaired. Ike’s signature is strong with some blotting of the “g”. It is an intriguing artifact worthy of additional research. [#5009]

$1,750.00
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Mamie Eisenhower – signed photo, almost certainly as First Lady. This is a nice White House photo. The image is roughly 7.5 x 7.5 printed on heavy paper/light card stock measuring 8 x 10. Mamie has added a large signature running almost the entire length of the border. [#4306]

$125.00
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Edward Everett – Statesman, 1860 Vice President candidate, Mass. Governor. Autograph letter signed, Boston, December 24, 186(?), 1st and 2nd pages of a folded 4 page 8vo sheet. Everett asks the Hon. A. Fearing to accompany a Judge Russell [probably Superior Court Judge Thomas] on a visit to Everett’s home in Winchester “when the Pond is at full height.” Everett owned some undeveloped land in Winchester in what is now known as the Sheffield Road Historic District and the pond was likely on of the Mystic Lakes north of Boston. This is generally routine content arranging a meeting but with some nice association and local content for Everett collectors. (No, I am not aware of such a group of collectors.) The letter is in very condition with dark writing and some stitch holes in the left margin where it was inserted in a book or album.

Everett was one of the leading orators in America in the mid 1800’s when public oratory was in high gear as a combination of entertainment and intellectual pursuit. For all of his contemporary fame, power and success he is perhaps best remembered today as a man who twice played a minor supporting role in Abraham Lincoln’s political life. In 1860 Everett was the unsuccessful candidate for Vice President with John Bell as the Presidential nominee on the Constitutional Union ticket. One of four parties on the ballot that year, the Bell-Everett ticket came in third winning only 39 of the 303 electoral votes. In 1863 Everett delivered the main address at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. The dedication was moved back from a planned September date to November to allow Everett the extra time to prepare his important address. Although Everett’s speech lasted for more than two hours, the world took little note nor long remembered what he said there.

[#2695]

$125.00
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Millard Fillmore two page ALS, Buffalo August 10, 1839 to the N.Y. law firm of Graham, Wood & Powers regarding a land sale. He signs as “Millard Fillmore for Fillmore & Haven” his law firm at the time. This is an excellent example of Fillmore’s pre-presidential handwriting and signature written in blue ink in a neat and clear hand and in fine condition. [#5016]

Buffalo Augt. 10, 1839
Gentlemen,
Yours of the 6th inst enclosing a copy of yours to Messrs. Hall and Marshall came to hand this morning. I regret extremely that our inability to attend to your first letter should have caused any inconvenience and embarrassment. Indeed, this business of appraisals and searches is so vexatious, we prefer avoiding it where we can, and do none of it except to accommodate a friend.
I immediately called on Mr. Hall who said that they had done nothing about investigating the title to the land covered by the mortgage of George H. Knight to Henry G. Root for $34,000, and desired us to attend to it. I have ordered a search by the county clerk, and as soon as that is received so as to know against whom to search, I will order the requisite search from the Supreme Court clerk’s office, and will investigate and report on the title with all convenient dispatch.
I have procured Messrs Clary and Clark to make an appraisal which I herewith enclose. Mr Clary I consider one of the best judges of property in the city. Mr. Clark is the principal state appraiser appointed by the Comptroller under the new
[p2] Banking law. I did not let them know my appraisal until they had made theirs. You will perceive that they appraise the land a little higher than I did, and the buildings the same. I filled out one of your printed forms so far as I know the facts & they would warrant and herewith enclose it.
I have personally called at the clerk’s office and enquired of the clerk and all his Deputies and they all concur in the opinion that the assignment from Root to the Bank never came to hand. Mr. Hall says he has received no certificate in relation to this title. Did you send any, except the county clerk’s certificate of this county, coming down to 1828 which you sent to me? If you have others it will save ___ expense and delay of procuring them.
Respectfully Yours
Millard Fillmore
For Fillmore & Haven
Mr--- Graham, Wood & Powers
New York C.

$750.00
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unsigned original full length CDVof Fillmore. The back stamp is from E. Anthony in New York from a photographic negative from “Brady’s National Portrait Gallery” [#3467]

$250.00
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Endorsed check shortly before becoming VP

Gerald R. Ford- endorsed check to the House stationery account. The check written by a supporter is for $6.90 and made out to Ford on June 22, 1973, just a few months before he was confirmed as Vice President under the 25th Amendment. There is one line of light bank stamp endorsement touching a few letters of his signature but the signature is strong and barely effected. Checks, signed or endorsed by modern presidents are difficult to find. [#3399]

$250.00
 
Ford, Gerald R.

-- special presentation copy of his swearing-in remarks as President signed below his color portrait. Printed on high quality stock with a 6 x 8 formal portrait the document measures approximately 19 x 14 and contains the complete but brief remarks offered after taking the Presidential Oath in the East Room. Only a limited number were produced and each personally signed by the president. This attractive broadside is an impressive presidential souvenir and of course is part of one of the most dramatic political stories of Presidential history. [#4806]

$950.00
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Letter to NY Gov. Hugh Carey

LS to New York Governor-Elect Hugh Carey recommending someone for a position in the Governor’s new administration. The December 11, 1974 letter was written as Senator-Elect and is boldly signed in blue. There is a circle drawn around a name in the text, certainly as a reference mark to route Glenn’s letter with the candidate’s application or file. [#4967]

$250.00
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Protecting the close Pennsylvania vote from fraud

[1840 election of William H. Harrison] Printed circular to Harrison supporters, Philadelphia, Nov. 3, 1840. The circular expresses confidence that Harrison's narrow win in Pennsylvania will stand but warns that Van Buren forces might try to steal the election. Supporters are asked to get their county results, check the returns from each town and the re-check the math. It is signed by Pennsylvania Whig Congressman Charles Naylor and is addressed to George Walker of Woodbourne in Springville, Susquehanna County.

The 1840 presidential election is often considered the first real presidential campaign with widely used campaign memorabilia, populists appeal, and broad public participation in the campaign process to promote favorite candidates. Personal biography and imagery were used to appeal to voting blocks with Harrison portrayed as the "log cabin" candidate in touch with the common person. Apparently it also included field organizations ready to commit or prevent ballot tampering and election fraud.

The Pennsylvania results were the closest in the election with Harrison winning by less than .25% with his 144,010 votes to van Buren's 143,676 votes. Nationally the election wasn't nearly as close with Harrison defeating the incumbent president by 6% of the vote and an Electoral College margin of 234 to 60.

$250.00
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Pair of letters on the press

Hayes, Rutherford B. - an unusually good pair of ALSs giving advice about discretion on being a reporter’s sources signed "Rutherford B. Hayes" and "RBH". Revealing lessons from a seasoned politician who obviously became skeptical of the press.

$1,250.00
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Johnson mentions the pressure of his Impeachment Trial

Signed letter 4/11/68 on Executive Mansion stationery, 1 page to the historian Harmon C. Westervelt concerning Congressional opposition to Johnson and alluding to the Impeachment. Johnson apologizes in a long delay to Westervelt’s letter two month’s earlier explaining that he was “prevented by the pressure of official duties” i.e. preparing for his Impeachment Trial. He then asks Westervelt to thank Mr. Browne and Hiram Ketchum for of copy of Ketchum’s remarks “so neatly and ingeniously transcribed, delivered in Union Square September 17, 1866.” The power struggle between Radical Republicans in Congress and the Democrat turned Republican president broke out early. Eighteen months prior to this letter a pro-Johnson rally was held in Union Square in New York with Johnson defenders whipping up support for national unity behind the president. It was this rally and a speech by Ketchum that Johnson references in this letter. The feud, of course, culminated in Articles of Impeachment against Johnson. The pressure Johnson was under must have been nearly all-consuming to have left Wersvelt’s letter go un-answered for so long. One week prior to the letter, the case against Johnson in the Senate was wrapped up. Johnson wrote this letter while his defense team was making their case to the Senate between April 9-20, 1868. Johnson presidential letters are few and far between. Those that mention the Impeachment are quite rare. This is a nice example that alludes to the trial but specifically recognizes his supporters who were making a case on his behalf. In excellent condition.

$2,500.00
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Lyndon B. Johnson scarce early signature as a young Congressman. The one page letter July 3, 1940 to J.S. Cope deals with help securing a government job for a constituent. Johnson’s full signature is large and bold but a touch light from aging. Johnson was serving in his second term as a Congressman. This is on the desirable Congressional letterhead listing future TX Governor and presidential candidate John Connally as his secretary. Early Congressional material, especially pre-war at the start of his career are not easily found. [#5015]

$450.00
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John F. Kennedy - 1958 Christmas card with facsimile signature. The 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 card has a wonderful black and white formal photograph of the Kennedy's. John and Jackie are seated and she is holding the infant Caroline on her lap. The inside has the gold Senate seal and a printed message "May the Blessings of Christmas be upon you and yours. Senator and Mrs. John F. Kennedy." It is signed with a printed facsimile signature "Warmest regards - Jack". This is a scarcer card the more common 1959 example. Presidential Christmas cards are becoming very popular. The cards sent by presidents before they moved into the White House are less common and harder to find. [#3104]

$350.00
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2 Senators from politcial dynasty

Henry Cabot Lodge - two generations of Senators. Henry Cabot Lodge was one of the more prominent and influential Senators of the first quarter of the 20th Century, close to TR and the leading antagonist to Woodrow Wilson's fight for the League of Nations. He inscribed a photo , it appears to be a fine engraving process from a photo. The image measures 3 ¾ x 6 ½ on a sheet that measures 6 x 8 ½.

His grandson known as Henry Cabot Jr. served as a US Senator from Massachusetts in the '40's and '50's, losing re-election to John F. Kennedy in 1952. Lodge would later be tapped by Nixon to be his running mate in 1960 and then went on to several diplomatic posts including Ambassador to South Vietnam. He acknowledges a letter from a constituent on railroad legislation. The letter is on a 8 x 6 ¾ sheet with the lower blank third of the sheet removed.

$150.00
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Patricia Nixon signed letter on White House stationery, June 2, 1972 signed "Pat Nixon" to Virginia Sherwood expressing sympathy on the death of her son, along with the White House envelope. [#4708]

$125.00
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2 High School yearbooks and Duke Law directory

Richard Nixon group of yearbooks from the two high schools he attend and a student directory from Duke Law. The 1930 Whittier Union High School yearbook, the Cardinal and White, carries several photos of Nixon. Photos range from single head shots as a graduating senior, officer of the class to several group shots as a member of various clubs and school groups. There is also a photo of Nixon’s first girlfriend, Ola Florence Welch. The book is in good condition with autographs throughout but none by Nixon. The owner apparently was friendly with almost everyone in the class-except the future president. Nixon was the business manager of the yearbook and responsible for selling many of the ads that are in the back. It isn’t surprising that one full page ad is from the Associated Banks of Whittier, including Bank of America that was headed by Herman Perry, the man who approached Nixon 15 years later to run for Congress.

Nixon first two years of high school were in Fullerton Union High School. The second book is the 1928 yearbook Pleiades where Nixon was a sophomore. There are two group pictures of the sophomore class and Nixon presumably is in one of those. More interesting though is the short report from that class is making its own mark. IT mentions two class members by name, one being Nixon for winning the oratorical contest against two seniors. He is also singled out again for special mention on the Forensics Club page. This is a rarer find than the Whittier book. Over the years collectors and book dealers might be more aware of the Nixon connection than they would be with a Fullerton yearbook.

The third book is a small directory of Faculty, Administration and students of Duke University. There are no photos and a simple one line listing of Nixon’s school residence and home town.

A rare grouping of books related to Nixon’s youth and life before politics.

$950.00
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Scarce White House letter on smut and pornography

Richard Nixon signed letter, White House, April 30, 1969 to Journalist Merriman Smith. Nixon congratulates Smith on some comments about "smut peddlers" and signs it with his initials "RN". Very early into his Presidency Nixon resorted to signing almost all of his letters with his initials. Merriman Smith was one of the most respected journalist of the 1960's, perhaps gaining his greatest fame as an on the scene reporter at the Kennedy assassination. This is a wonderful letter reflecting Nixon's unease with pornography and sex during the tumultuous '60's when the courts were striking down laws against pornography. It is also a nice example of Nixon trying to develop positive relations with the media in quiet ways like these personal notes recognizing a particular article or statement. The original mailing envelope is included. [#3913]

$650.00
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Warning of a noted economists ties to Communist groups.

Richard Nixon - LS, January 20, 1948 “Dick” to Charles Cooper. Twenty-one years to the day before he would be president, Nixon writes about the work that propelled him into the national spotlight as a leading opponent of Communism. Late in 1947 while in his first term in Congress, Nixon was appointed to the House Un-American Activities Committee. In the summer of 1948 the Hiss-Chamber’s case erupted and Nixon’s national reputation was born.

Nixon passes along information from the House Committee to Charles Cooper and Herman Perry about Scott Nearing “because he has a long record of Communist front activities”. Nearing was a prominent Socialist, economist, and pacifist. His published works and lectures on pacifism during World War I resulted in criminal prosecution for interfering with recruitment of soldiers. There are typical folds and handling of the letter but it would be hard to find a better example of Nixon’s early red-hunting of prominent figures.
[#4908]

$950.00
 
Signed by 5 Presidents
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George W. Bush as President

Color photo of the North Portico of the White House matted and signed by 5 Presidents with an autopen of Ronald Reagan. Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon both added their Presidential numbers and George H. Bush dated it, as President. George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter added large felt tip signatures. There is room for additional signatures. Some bumps at edges but makes for a dramatic display piece.

$2,500.00
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reports on his campaign work for 1856 Democrat Ticket

Johnson, Richard M.– Vice President under Van Buren. A single page ALS, Senate Chamber, Oct 9, 1837 as vice president. Serving in his constitutional role as President of the Senate, Johnson explains the impotency of his office. He thanks someone for a petition to the Senate and then requests the person to help him get it before the very body he presides over. “I request the favor of you to get some members to present the memorial as I can make no motion to print or to refer.” Johnson letters may not be aggressively sought after but neither are they easily found. This is a fun example explaining how powerless the vice president is as president of the Senate. [#5407]

$175.00
 
FDR speechwriter and screenwriter
Sherwood, Robert

Playwright, screenwriter, FDR speechwriter. Signed letter, Dec. 1947, mentioning his firend the poet Arthur Guiterman. #4145

$75.00
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Vice President of the Confederacy

Alexander Stephens – Confederate Vice President, Georgia Congressman and Governor. A nice single page ALS, Washington, Dec. 6, 1848 to Georgia Governor George Towns. Serving as a member of Congress, Stephens tends to some constituent service. He asks the Governor to search the records of Revolutionary War service to see if a Lee Dikey(?) served. Most likely Stephens was being asked to support a petition for land or a pension for surviving soldiers. [#5409]

Washington D.C.
6th December 1848
Dear Sir,
I am requested to inquire within the records of our State House that Lee Dikey Sr. [?] rendered any services in the war of the Revolution, and if so what? In what ___ did he serve? Will you please have the rolls as far as they have been preserved examined and let me know if his services appears upon them, and if so in what capacity.
Yours Respectfully,
Alexander Stephens
His Excellency
George W. Towns
Milledgeville, GA

$300.00
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Taft fights TR for the GOP nomination

William H. Taft - LS, The White House, June 4, 1912. 1 p., 7ʺ x 8.75ʺ with the infrequently found signature AC;™BillAC;. Just two weeks prior to the Republican National Convention, Taft tries to calm his old friend about the upcoming fight with TR: AC;™Never fear, old man, we are going to fight and, believe me, we are going to win.AC; There is a second letter on personal stationery from Taft secretary Charles D. Hillis to Kelsy on May 12, 1912 explaining that he is heading to Ohio where Taft was extending his campaign swing through the state. Ohio was a pivotal battleground primary state between Taft and his predecessor Roosevelt. The two campaigns offered competing delegations to the National Convention and the nomination would be settled by which delegates were seated. Taft became less energized and enthusiastic in the campaign against Wilson. He shows more fight in this letter than he displayed in the general election. Almost all letters signed by Taft are as AC;™Wm. H. TaftAC;. Letters signed AC;™BillAC; only went to close friends and seldom show up for collectors. There is light toning and the signature is somewhat light but the letter has unusually good political content. [#5419]

$900.00
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Truman on the railroad strikes

Harry Truman – single page signed letter, April 26, 1946 on the rail strikes. Truman writes to Colonel Grady Lewis thanking him for his investigation and resolution of a dispute between the Texas & New Orleans Railroad Company and two unions: the Brotherhoods of Locomotive Engineers and Railroad Trainmen. "I wish to compliment you on bringing the parties into mutual agreement on the questions in controversy and to express my appreciation of the public service thus rendered by the Emergency Board." The letter is boldly signed "Harry S. Truman".

A general railroad strike was called the day he signed the letter, triggering one of his more memorable crisis. Truman was faced with a series of labor strikes in early 1946. The most famous were with the steel mills, coal miners and railroads. Local railroad strikes, like the one mentioned here with the Texas & New Orleans Railroad Company, were averted through federal fact finding and mediation. Truman, of course, was anxious to extinguish all of these brush fires and would have taken a keep personal interest in the resolution of these smaller flashpoints.

Just a few weeks before this letter, April 1, 1946, coal miners declared a national strike that would last through May. Threats of a general railroad strike were facing Truman as he continued to try to resolve the local railroad disputes like this one. But the strategy fell apart, ironically on the day he signed this letter. One April 26 both of the unions mentioned in the letter announced a general strike scheduled for May. Truman managed to delay a strike in early May but the unions finally did walk out, setting up a dramatic moment. On May 25th, Truman addressed a Joint Session of Congress on the strike. As he was asking Congress for emergency authority to draft the railroad workers into the military he was handed a note announcing that an agreement had been reached and the strike had ended.

Presidential letters discussing unions are uncommon. This is a particularly nice example of Truman dealing with railroad strikes on the day a national strike was called. Accompanied by the original White House envelope [#3370]

$1,500.00
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Martin Van Buren – ALS, November 1818, 1st and 2nd pages on a bifolium sheet. Van Buren writes to John V. Henry about some legal matters. At the time Van Buren was an established attorney but just starting his long political career as a member of the New York Senate. This carries a nice example of his early signature with a clearly distinct middle initial “v.” As he became more prominent his handwriting became more rushed and illegible and the signature became a blended “VanBuren” There is foxing and spotting throughout with a small loss of paper in the upper right corner but all writing is strong. [#5314]

$750.00
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FDR's 2nd VP transitions to the Cabinet

Henry Wallace, Vice President under FDR during WWII and a candidate for President in 1948 as the Progressive Party nominee. Signed letter “H.A. Wallace” on Commerce Dept. stationery 4/5/45 to Harold Thompson. Wallace responds to a congratulatory letter from a friend apologizing for the delay in responding. FDR had offered the position to his former vice president but of course died just weeks into his new administration. Truman made good on the offer and appointed him as one of his first acts as the new president. Wallace explains the heavy flow of mail and lack of help between his leaving office and assuming the new position. [#4865]

$90.00
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Daniel Webster – Sec. of State, Senator. Two page ALS, on a 4to bifolium sheet, with cover leaf addressed by Webster. Webster tries to amicable mediate a dispute between Samuel Upton and a Mr. Thayer. This is probably the Boston banker John Eliot Thayer who provided financial support to the family late in Webster’s life. Samuel Upton was a prominent businessman and in Massachusetts and Maine, where he also edited the Bangor Gazette newspaper. Nice association between local figures. The letter is in very good condition with the typical folds. [#5329]

$450.00
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Wilson looks to the Churches to restore post-war America

Signed letter April 22, 1923, 4to, personal stationery. Wilson writes to Rev. Smith of Haverhill, Mass concerning a church resolution. In part: “…The churches can, and I hope will, do a vast deal of good in leading the country back to the high levels from which it has descended since the war.” Signed in full with an unusually dark signature and an uncommonly good content letter reflecting on post-war conditions in America. [#2196]

$750.00
 
Wilson, Woodrow

Woodrow Wilson – beautiful, fresh looking World War I commission of Paul L. Reed as a Civil Engineer in the Navy with the rank of Commander. It is dated Sept. 9. 1917. Wilson’s signature is strong and dark, as his that of Josephus Daniels as Secretary of the Navy. The document stands out as fresh and clean with some signs of flattened lines from having once been rolled, but not folded. The blue seal is intact and the engravings are crisp and bright. The large format commission has been matted and framed with a nice gold and black frame. The frame shows some age but is still strong and ready to be hung as a striking display piece. Replacement framing of the same quality would probably run $400-$500. Overall an exceptionally nice example of a World War I Wilson commission.

$550.00