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DWIGHT F. DAVIS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/21/1926 - HFSID 321200

DWIGHT F. DAVIS As Secretary of War, he replies to a Texas Senator who had passed on concerns of local Chambers of Commerce about garrison reductions in the State. Typed Letter signed: "Dwight F. Davis" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 8x10½. War Department, Washington, 1926 May 21.

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DWIGHT F. DAVIS
As Secretary of War, he replies to a Texas Senator who had passed on concerns of local Chambers of Commerce about garrison reductions in the State.
Typed Letter signed: "Dwight F. Davis" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 8x10½. War Department, Washington, 1926 May 21. On official letterhead to Earle B. Mayfield, US Senate, in full: "Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of May 18, 1926, inclosing copies of letters from Fred Johnston, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, Mercedes, Texas, Mr. J. E. Bell, Secretary and Manager, Chamber of Commerce, San Benito, Texas, and Mr. S. L. Gill, Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, Raymondville, Texas, who, for reasons as stated, suggest that no material reduction be made in the present garrisons at For Brown and Fort Ringgold, Texas. In this connection I have pleasure in inviting your attention to my letter to you of May 19, 1926, in response to a communication from Mr. C. C. Richardson, Manager, Chamber of Commerce, Brownsville, Texas, on this subject, copy of which is enclosed, and which explains the detailed consideration which is being given by the War Department for the protection of our southern border. Sincerely yours". Dwight F. Davis (1879-1945), 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 represented Texas in the US Senate for one term (1923-1929). Normal mailing folds. Corners slightly worn. Heavily toned. Light surface creases. Small tear on top right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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