CHIEF JUSTICE CHARLES E HUGHES - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/04/1924 - HFSID 16039
Sale Price $850.00
CHARLES EVANS HUGHES
Hughes signed this typed letter to President Calvin Coolidge. The letter references reparations for the United States Navy's 1914 bombardment and occupation of Veracruz, Mexico. According to this letter, the reparations hadn't been paid, and Hughes urged Coolidge to re-submit the matter to Congress.
Typed letter signed "Charles E. Hughes". With pencil notations in upper right corner of page 1 in unknown hand. 3 pages, 8x12 ¼, 2 sheets folded, front and verso, with the Great Seal of the United States embossed in upper left corner of page 1. Washington, Feb. 4, 1924. Addressed to "The President", probably President Calvin Coolidge. Hughes sent this letter to Coolidge regarding the American occupation of Veracruz (here "Vera Cruz"), Mexico in 1914. According to this letter, the 67th Congress had sent a recommendation on Sept. 14, 1922 to Coolidge's predecessor, Warren G. Harding, to pay $45,518.69 in reparations and damages stemming from the attack and occupation - $34,214.89 to Valentin Perez for indemnity and to cover the value of liquor destroyed under military orders, and $11,303.80, approved by the Secretary of War, to Vera Cruz Terminal Company (Ltd.). Hughes claimed that no action had been taken on Congress' recommendation, and he urged that Coolidge submit it again to Congress. The United States Navy bombarded and occupied Veracruz, Mexico, on April 21, 1914 after the arrest of nine American sailors. This battle resulted in about 500 casualties, most of them Mexican, and the American occupation of Veracruz until Nov. 23. Hughes (1862-1948, born in Glen Falls, New York) was Governor of New York (1907-1910) when President Taft appointed him Associate Justice. In 1916, Hughes resigned from the Supreme Court having received the Republican nomination for President; he lost to Wilson. President Harding appointed him Secretary of State in 1921, and he remained in that office when Coolidge became President in 1923, staying until 1925. When Chief Justice Taft retired in 1930 because of ill health, President Hoover appointed Hughes as Chief Justice, only the second man reappointed to the Supreme Court (the first was John Rutledge). The Hughes court approved many exercises of federal power, but struck down a number of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal programs. Hughes served until he retired in 1941. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Rust stains and paper clip impressions at top edge of pages. Spines of folded sheets are torn. Otherwise in fine condition.
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