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Ink signature on his calling card as Secretary of Agriculture, penned in the last year of his record-setting tenure as a US Cabinet officer
Calling Card signed: "James Wilson/July 22, 1912", 3¾x2¼ calling card with printed caption: "The Secretary of Agriculture". 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. Slightly soiled. Mounting paper remnants on verso (no show through). Overall, fine condition.

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

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