DWIGHT F. DAVIS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/12/1923 - HFSID 78206
DWIGHT F. DAVIS. TLS: "Dwight F Davis" as Coolidge's Assistant Secretary of War, 1p, 7x9. Washington, D.C., 1923 June 12. On embossed letterhead of the Assistant Secretary of War to Colonel Robert Burkham, Boatmen's Bank Bldg., St. Louis, Missouri. Begins: "Dear Bob
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DWIGHT F. DAVIS. TLS: "Dwight F Davis" as Coolidge's Assistant Secretary of War, 1p, 7x9. Washington, D.C., 1923 June 12. On embossed letterhead of the Assistant Secretary of War to Colonel Robert Burkham, Boatmen's Bank Bldg., St. Louis, Missouri. Begins: "Dear Bob". In full: "I am hoping to be in St. Louis next week, arriving probably Tuesday morning, and am looking forward to seeing you while there. I expect to stay for the President's visit coming back here probably on Sunday. I will let you know definitely a little bit ahead and hope that you will be able to take some time off for a good bat. Looking forward to seeing you next week, and with kindest regards, I am 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. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Soiled at blank areas and on verso of blank integral leaf. Receipt stamp at upper right margin, 2 file holes and light paper clip impression at upper blank margin. Overall, fine condition.
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