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HARRY P. CAIN - AUTOGRAPH 03/12/1947 - HFSID 293696

Ink signature on US Senate memo paper, affixed to a page with a news photo and franked envelope Signature: "Harry P. Cain", as US Senator, 5¼x8.

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Ink signature on US Senate memo paper, affixed to a page with a news photo and franked envelope
Signature: "Harry P. Cain", as US Senator, 5¼x8. Affixed to an 8½x11 page which also bears a newspaper photo and a Senate transmittal envelope with Cain's ink stamp frank (2 surfaces, front and verso). Washington, D.C., 1947 March 12. On US Senate memo sheet, addressed in type to Ralph Errington Ward, Jr., Melrose Highlands, Massachusetts. Henry Pulliam Cain (1906-1979) took leave from his position as Mayor of Tacoma, Washington, to serve in World War II. While he occupied mostly administrative posts, he saw combat with the 82nd Airborne Division on the Salerno beachhead and again in the Battle of the Bulge (1944). He was elected to the US Senate as a Republican in 1946, serving until 1953. (The photo on the above sheet shows Cain and Senator Hugh Mitchell, whom he defeated in 1946. Although his previous politics would best be characterized as moderately liberal, he became a friend and ally of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Then he confounded expectations again: appointed by President Eisenhower to the Subversive Activities Control Board, he emerged as a strong champion of civil liberties. (This was not a wholly unfamiliar position for Ward, who had been one of the few West Coast politicians to speak out against the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II.) Moving to Miami, Cain became a force in helping to build the state's Republican Party, but also endorsed some Democrats for national office, including Henry Jackson, who had taken Cain's US Senate seat from him in 1952. From the collection of Ralph Errington Ward (1926-2009) a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. Ward went on to become President and CEO of Cheseborough-Ponds, Inc., transforming the cosmetics firm into a major home product conglomerate. Normal mailing folds. Adhesive on verso (affixing letter to the page). Otherwise, fine condition.

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