JAMES J. DAVIS. TLS: "James J Davis" as U.S.
Senator, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1931 September 15. On his U.S.
Senate letterhead (Committee on Naval Affairs) to Mrs. Philip Kind,
Vice-Chairman, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. In full: "On my return to Washington, I find your kind
invitation to attend the luncheon being given by the National Disarmament
Caravan at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia on October 5th. You
can rest assured that nothing would give me more pleasure than to be on hand for
this occasion, and I regret exceedingly that a previous engagement to attend
the Convention of the American Federation of Labor in Vancouver, British
Columbia, at that time will deny me the pleasure of being with you."
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) had been
founded in 1915, during WWI, with Hull House founder Jane Addams as its
first President. Based in Philadelphia, the organization, which still
exists today, works through peaceful means for world disarmament, full rights
for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence and the
establishment of political, social and psychological conditions to assure peace
and freedom for all. Davis was likely going to the convention in Vancouver
due to his ties to the labor movement. James John Davis (1873-1947), who
immigrated to the U.S. from Wales in 1881, became a puddler in the ironworks in
Pennsylvania before moving to Elwood, Indiana, where he became involved in local
politics and labor activities. In 1907, the year Davis moved to Pittsburgh, he
became Director General of the Loyal Order of Moose. In 1921, Davis was
appointed Secretary of Labor by President Warren G. Harding, serving
under Presidents Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover until he resigned
in 1930 to become Republican U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. Davis served
until 1945, being defeated for reelection in 1944. He published his
autobiography, The Iron Puddler, in 1922. Lightly creased with folds,
lower horizontal fold at the lower loops of both "J"s. Lightly soiled at blank
left and right margins. ¼-inch separation at lower horizontal fold at blank
right margin. Overall, fine condition.
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