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FURNIFOLD M. SIMMONS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/29/1901 - HFSID 26823

FURNIFOLD SIMMONS The North Carolina Senator sends a letter reassuring the recipient his son will have all and equal opportunity to be appointed to West Point Typed letter signed: "FM Simmons" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 8½x11.Washington, D.C., 1901 March 29. On U.S. Senate letterhead to Mr.

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FURNIFOLD SIMMONS
The North Carolina Senator sends a letter reassuring the recipient his son will have all and equal opportunity to be appointed to West Point
Typed letter signed: "FM Simmons" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 8½x11.Washington, D.C., 1901 March 29. On U.S. Senate letterhead to Mr. W. W. West, Asheville, North Carolina. Begins: "Dear sir". In full: "I am in receipt of your letter in which you express a desire that I should assist your son in securing an appointment to West Point. I assure you, I would afford me very great pleasure to do this, but there is no vacancy from this State which I am entitled to fill, and if a vacancy should occur, I would feel bound to follow the well established precedent and make the appointment after competitive examination. Vacancies are constantly occurring by reason of graduation of those who have been appointed, or by reason of the failure of the appointee to stand the annual examinations. If at any time a vacancy shall occur which I am entitled to fill by appointment, I will inform you so that your son may have an opportunity to compete for the appointment. With pleasant recollections, and assurance of best wishes, I am yours truly". Three cross-outs and two words ("from" and "pass") in Simmons' hand. Written just 25 days after Simmons had been sworn in as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Furnifold McLendel Simmons (1854-1940) served as a Democratic U.S. Representative (1887-1889) and U.S. Senator (1901-1931) from North Carolina. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1920. Affirmed by generations of white supremacist principals, Simmons led anti-voting campaigns against blacks for over a half century. But when he refused to endorse the candidacy of urban leader of the Progressive Movement, Al Smith, during the storm of the Great Depression, Simmons lost his presidential hopes to Josiah W. Bailey in the 1930 Democratic Primary. Horizontal and vertical folds, affect "S" of signature. Fine condition.

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