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CHIEF JUSTICE CHARLES E HUGHES - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/21/1910 - HFSID 101297

CHARLES E. HUGHES Charles E. Hughes sends a typed letter of thanks for the famous Madeira imported by Chief Justice Marshall. Typed Letter Signed: "Charles E. Hughes" as Governor of New York, 1p, 7x9¾. Executive Chamber, Albany, 1910 March 21. To Hon. William G.

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CHARLES E. HUGHES
Charles E. Hughes sends a typed letter of thanks for the famous Madeira imported by Chief Justice Marshall.
Typed Letter Signed: "Charles E. Hughes" as Governor of New York, 1p, 7x9¾. Executive Chamber, Albany, 1910 March 21. To Hon. William G. Rice, Albany, N.Y. In full: "It was very kind of you to send us the famous Madeira imported by Chief Justice Marshall; and a toast to the President, and also one to King Edward VII, were proposed with historic propriety. Your kindness contributed such to the good cheer of our luncheon party." Folds, not at signature, else fine. WITH RICE'S FINAL HAND-CORRECTED DRAFT of his March 19, 1910, letter to Hughes, signed: "W.G. Rice." In full: "No President has been a guest of honor in Albany for many years past without having his health pledged in Mr. Pruyn's Marshall Madeira. So I venture to send you some for your luncheon to-morrow with my compliments to the President, to you which I trust you will accept and to all your distinguished company. This Madeira originally belonged to Justice Story and was named by him 'Marshall Madeira', or 'The Judicial Wine.'" Thin paper, light pencil marks at edges, clip mark at upper left corner, else fine condition. State legislative counsel CHARLES EVANS HUGHES defeated William Randolph Hearst to win New York's gubernatorial election in 1906 and was elected to a second term before being offered an appointment to the Supreme Court by President Taft. THE PRESIDENT WHO VISITED HUGHES IN ALBANY AND DRANK THE WINE PROVIDED BY RICE. Both PRESIDENT Taft and GOVERNOR Hughes WOULD serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court after drinking Justice STORY'S "Marshall Madeira." King Edward VII would not fare as well; he died on May 6, 1910, 46 days after the toast to his health. Hughes, who had reached state leadership in the wake of his exposure of corruption in the state's utilities and insurance industries, resigned on May 2, 1910 (just over two months after this letter) to take his seat on the Court. Hughes resigned in 1916 to run for President, and early returns of the election of November 7, 1916, indicated that Republican Charles E. Hughes had defeated incumbent President Woodrow Wilson. When the votes of California were tabulated the following morning, the incumbent Democratic team of Wilson-Marshall won the state by 4,000 popular votes, defeating Hughes-Fairbanks, 277-254 electoral votes. If California had gone Republican, Hughes would have been elected 29th U.S. President, 267-264 electoral votes. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Hughes Secretary of State, and Hughes was instrumental in stopping the naval arms race, stabilizing relations among Pacific powers, and maintaining global recognition of the Open Door policy in China. Hughes held the position until 1925, continuing under President Coolidge. In 1930, when Chief Justice Taft retired, President Hoover appointed Hughes Chief Justice; ironically, Hughes replaced the man who had originally appointed him to the Court. Two items.

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