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JOHN B. PAYNE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 02/26/1921 - HFSID 26468

JOHN B. PAYNE Autograph Note signed as Secretary of the Interior (1921) Autograph Note signed: "John B. Payne", 1 page, 7x9. Washington, D.C., 1921 February 26. On his letterhead as US Secretary of the Interior. In full: "Dear Sir, Regret I have not time to comply with your request. Cordially".

Sale Price $108.00

Reg. $120.00

Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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JOHN B. PAYNE
Autograph Note signed as Secretary of the Interior (1921)
Autograph Note signed: "John B. Payne", 1 page, 7x9. Washington, D.C., 1921 February 26. On his letterhead as US Secretary of the Interior. In full: "Dear Sir, Regret I have not time to comply with your request. Cordially". John Barton Payne (1855-1935), a Chicago lawyer and Democratic Party leader, was an Illinois Superior Court Judge before coming to Washington during World War I to head, first, the Emergency Fleet Group, and then the US Shipping Board. He was Secretary of the Interior during the last year of the Wilson administration (1920-1921). After leaving the Interior Department, Payne headed the American Red Cross for the rest of his life, increasing the scope of the charity's relief work. Payne signed this note during the prolonged "lame duck" Presidency which prevailed until passage of the 20th Amendment in 1933. Presidents, now sworn in on January 20, had not previously taken the oath of office until March 4, leaving a 4-month gap in which the outgoing President, sometimes as in 1920 repudiated at the polls, remained in power with his Cabinet. Paperclip crease at upper left margin - rust on verso. Horizontal fold at center. Lightly creased and toned at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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