HOKE SMITH - PRINTED CARD SIGNED IN INK 1895 - HFSID 26375
Sale Price $180.00
HOKE SMITHHis ink signature on this printed card as Secretary of the Interior, dated in 1895! Printed Card Signed in Ink: "Hoke Smith/1895", 3¾x2¼. Printed text: "The Secretary of the Interior". Democrat Hoke Smith (1855-1931), an Atlanta lawyer and newspaper owner, was President Grover Cleveland's Secretary of the Interior from 1893-1896. (A strong supporter of Cleveland's adherence to the gold standard, he resigned from the Cabinet when "free silver" advocate William Jennings Bryan secured the Democratic Presidential nomination. 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. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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