CLAUDE A. SWANSON - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 268166
CLAUDE A. SWANSON The Secretary of the Navy signs on this envelope in ink Signature: "Claude A. Swanson", 5¼x3½. Front panel of envelope imprinted "Secretary of the Navy./Washington." Photograph, b/w, 1¼x1½, affixed at upper right corner.
Sale Price $85.50
CLAUDE A. SWANSON The Secretary of the Navy signs on this envelope in ink Signature: "Claude A. Swanson", 5¼x3½. Front panel of envelope imprinted "Secretary of the Navy./Washington." Photograph, b/w, 1¼x1½, affixed at upper right corner. Claude Augustus Swanson (1862-1939) served as Secretary of the Navy under President Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 until his death in 1939. During his tenure, Swanson is credited with getting Congressional approval for a greater tonnage of warships than in the previous 12 years combined. When Hitler invaded Poland, beginning WWII in July 1939, eight weeks after Swanson's death, the U.S. was well on its way to constructing the most powerful Navy in the world. A former Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia from 1893-1906, Swanson then served as Governor of Virginia (1906-1910) before being appointed to fill a vacancy in the U.S. Senate in 1910. Re-elected in his own right, Swanson served until March 3, 1933, when he resigned to accept his Cabinet post. Rippled and heavily soiled and stained, touching signature (all legible). Mounting remnants on verso and on front touch the upper portion of the "A" and the left margin of the photograph and covering a portion of the imprinted return address.
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