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JAMES J. DAVIS. TLS: "James J Davis" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1931 September 15. On his U.S. Senate letterhead (Committee on Naval Affairs) to Mrs. Philip Kind, Vice-Chairman, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In full: "On my return to Washington, I find your kind invitation to attend the luncheon being given by the National Disarmament Caravan at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia on October 5th. You can rest assured that nothing would give me more pleasure than to be on hand for this occasion, and I regret exceedingly that a previous engagement to attend the Convention of the American Federation of Labor in Vancouver, British Columbia, at that time will deny me the pleasure of being with you." The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) had been founded in 1915, during WWI, with Hull House founder Jane Addams as its first President. Based in Philadelphia, the organization, which still exists today, works through peaceful means for world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence and the establishment of political, social and psychological conditions to assure peace and freedom for all. Davis was likely going to the convention in Vancouver due to his ties to the labor movement. James John Davis (1873-1947), who immigrated to the U.S. from Wales in 1881, became a puddler in the ironworks in Pennsylvania before moving to Elwood, Indiana, where he became involved in local politics and labor activities. In 1907, the year Davis moved to Pittsburgh, he became Director General of the Loyal Order of Moose. In 1921, Davis was appointed Secretary of Labor by President Warren G. Harding, serving under Presidents Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover until he resigned in 1930 to become Republican U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. Davis served until 1945, being defeated for reelection in 1944. He published his autobiography, The Iron Puddler, in 1922. Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at the lower loops of both "J"s. Lightly soiled at blank left and right margins. ¼-inch separation at lower horizontal fold at blank right margin. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: October 27, 1873 in Tredegar, South Wales, United Kingdom
Died: November 22, 1947 in Takoma Park, Maryland

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