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DWIGHT F. DAVIS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/08/1928 - HFSID 315298

DWIGHT F. DAVIS As Secretary of War, he reports to a Senator that an Army lieutenant has no disability justifying retirement. Typed Letter signed: "Dwight F. Davis" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 8x10½. War Department, Washington, 1928 February 8. On official letterhead to Earle B.

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DWIGHT F. DAVIS
As Secretary of War, he reports to a Senator that an Army lieutenant has no disability justifying retirement.
Typed Letter signed: "Dwight F. Davis" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 8x10½. War Department, Washington, 1928 February 8. On official letterhead to Earle B. Mayfield, US Senate. In full: "Referring to your letter dated January 16, 1928, relative to First Lieutenant Laurel E. Stone, Quartermaster Corps, I have carefully considered the report of the special physical examination. The report shows that the medical authorities have found that this officer has no disability which warrants his appearance before a retiring board. In view of this finding and my review of the case, it appears inappropriate to direct this officer to appear before a retiring board. Sincerely yours". Dwight Filley Davis (1879-1945), who is best remembered as the founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition, was a member of the U.S. team that won the first two competitions in 1900 and 1902, serving as Captain of the 1900 team. Davis had been the runner-up at the U.S. Championships in 1898, and he then won the men's doubles title (with Holcombe Ward) in 1899, 1900 and 1901 and was a men's doubles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1901. Although trained as an attorney, Davis never practiced law after becoming involved in politics. He was the Public Parks Commissioner of St. Louis, Missouri from 1911-1915 (during which time he created the first municipal tennis courts in the U.S.) before serving as Assistant Secretary of War (1923-1925) and Secretary of War (1925-1929) under President Calvin Coolidge. Davis, who then served as Governor General of the Philippines (1929-1932), was hosting Republican Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth when Longworth died unexpectedly of pneumonia on April 9, 1931. Earle B. Mayfield, a Texas Democrat, served a single term in the US Senate (1923-1929). Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Lightly soiled. Small tear on top edge. Corners lightly worn and creased. Toned.

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