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JAMES WILSON - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED - DOCUMENT 26421

 
JAMES WILSON
He has handwritten the motto, "No excellence without labor."
Autograph Quotation signed: "No excellence/without labor/James Wilson", 3x1¾ card. James Wilson (1835-1920), born in Scotland, represented Iowa in the US House (1873-1877, 1883-1885). In the very close election of 1882, he was certified as the winner by the State of Iowa, but the new Democratic majority in the House challenged his seat. He held onto it, amidst controversy, until the very end of the Congressional session, when he resigned to avoid a filibuster which would have blocked action on a military pension for former President Grant. Wilson was Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and Taft (1897-1913) for a total of 16 years, the longest tenure ever for a US Cabinet officer. The quotation he cites here is from agronomist Liberty Hall Bailey (1858-1954), a leader of the Country Life Movement which championed rural values. Slightly soiled. Fine condition.


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JAMES WILSON
Born: August 16, 1835 in Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: August 26, 1920 in Traer, Iowa





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