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FRANK HOOK - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 70869

Signature from "Fightin' Frank" Hook who fought Congressman John Rankin during a House session in 1945. Signature: "Frank Hook/M.C./Michigan/Retired", 3½x2½.

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FRANK EUGENE HOOK
Signature from "Fightin' Frank" Hook who fought Congressman John Rankin during a House session in 1945.
Signature: "Frank Hook/M.C./Michigan/Retired", 3½x2½. Frank Eugene Hook (1893-1982) was a Michigan politician who was a member of the US House of Representatives from 1935-1943, and again from 1945-1947. A Democrat, Hook is most remembered for an infamous fight with Congressman John Rankin of Mississippi. The scuffle began when the two got caught up in a heated verbal argument over the relevance of the C.I.O when Rankin began shouting, "Communism!" and leapt onto the back of (a much older) Hook. The two then wrestled it out until it was broken up by other House members. The fight never resulted to blows, as Hook was later quoted saying, "A gentleman cannot strike an old man." While Hook offered a 3 minute apology and to, "resign if Rankin will too, for the good of the country", Rankin "held his tongue" and the dispute dissolved after that. Fine condition.

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