HOKE SMITH - AUTOGRAPH 1896 - HFSID 49255
HOKE SMITH Signature dated by him 1896, the year he resigned from Cleveland's Cabinet after the Democratic Party nominated William Jennings Bryan for President. Signature: "Hoke Smith"/1896", 4¼x3¼ card. Democrat Hoke Smith
Sale Price $81.00
Signature dated by him 1896, the year he resigned from Cleveland's Cabinet after the Democratic Party nominated William Jennings Bryan for President.
Signature: "Hoke Smith"/1896", 4¼x3¼ card. Democrat Hoke Smith (1855-1931), an Atlanta lawyer and newspaper owner, was President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of the Interior from 1893-1896. He later served as Governor of Georgia (1907-1909 and 1911) and U.S. Senator from Georgia (1911-1921). As Governor, he implemented progressive reforms such as railroad regulation and public school funding, but also implemented harsher "Jim Crow" laws disenfranchising Georgia's African-Americans. As a Georgia politician, Smith faced a dilemma in 1896. He strongly supported President Cleveland's support for the gold standard, repudiated by William Jennings Bryan, nominated by the Democrats as Cleveland's successor. However, Bryan was immensely popular in Georgia. Smith resigned from the Cabinet, endorsed Bryan personally, but refused to endorse the Party's "free silver" platform. Lightly toned. Adhesive residue (previous mounting) on verso, no show-through. Otherwise, fine condition.
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