DWIGHT F. DAVIS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/16/1928 - HFSID 73792
DWIGHT F. DAVIS. TLS: "Dwight F. Davis" as Coolidge's Secretary of War, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1928 April 16. On letterhead of the War Department to Mr. Walter Russell, President, The Society of Arts and Sciences, New York City.
Sale Price $238.00
DWIGHT F. DAVIS. TLS: "Dwight F. Davis" as Coolidge's Secretary of War, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1928 April 16. On letterhead of the War Department to Mr. Walter Russell, President, The Society of Arts and Sciences, New York City. In full: "I regret that the pressure of public business and my official engagements in Washington will prevent my going to New York on May twenty-fourth for the Dinner to be given in honor of Mr. Thomas A. Edison. Within a few days, however, I will be glad to send you a brief statement to be included in the commemorative volume to be presented to Mr. Edison at the time of the Dinner. Sincerely yours". WALTER RUSSELL, who had co-founded the Society of Arts and Sciences with Edwin Markham and Thomas J. Watson in 1921, served as the organization's President from 1927-1935. During that time, the Society gave medals in recognition of genius in the arts and sciences. THOMAS ALVA EDISON received a book of tributes from famous personages of the day at the special dinner held in his honor. 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. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Paper clip impression at upper left blank margin. Slightly soiled at blank areas, pinhead-size spot at upper right margin. Fine condition.
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