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DWIGHT F. DAVIS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/23/1928 - HFSID 73791

THE SECRETARY OF WAR CANNOT LEND HIS NAME TO AN ORGANIZATION, BUT HE HAS CONTRIBUTED A STATEMENT TO ITS VOLUME HONORING AMERICAN INVENTOR THOMAS A. EDISON   DWIGHT F. DAVIS. TLS: "Dwight F Davis" as Coolidge's Secretary of War, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1928 April 23.

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THE SECRETARY OF WAR CANNOT LEND HIS NAME TO AN ORGANIZATION, BUT HE HAS CONTRIBUTED A STATEMENT TO ITS VOLUME HONORING AMERICAN INVENTOR THOMAS A. EDISON
 
DWIGHT F. DAVIS.
TLS: "Dwight F Davis" as Coolidge's Secretary of War, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1928 April 23. On letterhead of the War Department to Mr. Walter Russell, President, The Society of Arts and Sciences, New York City. In full: "Thank you for your letter of April twentieth. Since assuming this office, I have received a great many requests for the use of my name on honorary committees and similar organizations and on account of my inability in several instances to determine the merits of the organization making such request, I found it necessary quite some time ago to adopt a policy of only permitting the use of my name in connection with organizations closely associated with the work of the War Department or the National Defense. Of course this prevents my lending my name to organizations whose objects appeal to me greatly. As much as I would like to do so, I fear that to make an exception in this instance would lead to a renewal of other requests which I have only recently declined. I am sure you will appreciate the situation confronting me in matters of this kind and will be willing to excuse me. You will probably have received before this my statement for the volume to be presented to Mr. Edison." 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. Among their honorees was THOMAS ALVA EDISON, who is mentioned in this letter, who received a book of tributes from famous personages of the day at a special dinner 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. Light paper clip impressions and rust stains at upper left blank margin, pencil erasures at upper right edge. Slightly soiled at blank areas. Overall, fine condition.

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