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JOSEPH B. FORAKER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/20/1888 - HFSID 13807

JOSEPH B. FORAKER. Typed Letter signed: "J. B. Foraker" as Governor, 1p, 7¾x10¼. On official letterhead. Columbus, Ohio, 1888 February 20. To James Lehmaier, Esq., New York City. In full: "I have your letter of the 18th inst.

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JOSEPH B. FORAKER. Typed Letter signed: "J. B. Foraker" as Governor, 1p, 7¾x10¼. On official letterhead. Columbus, Ohio, 1888 February 20. To James Lehmaier, Esq., New York City. In full: "I have your letter of the 18th inst. I saw in the newspapers the friendly reception given my telegram, but appreciate none the less for that reason what you have said about it. We had a good dinner here on the 13th inst., at which Mr. Foster was present. I think we are in splendid shape in this State and throughout this part of the country. So far as I can observe, the disposition is at least very general to accept Mr. Blaine's letter as a finality. It is consequently more assured now that this state will be solidly for Mr. Sherman, for whom we sincerely hope you can do something in New York. So far as I am concerned, I thank you for your kind expression but I am not a candidate, and do not wish any one to fritter away either time or stength (sic) in thinking about me. All I want is to see the fight made squarely for unquestioned Republicanism. I know if that is done, we will gain a victory." Civil War veteran and state judge Foraker (1846-1917) was Governor of Ohio (1886-1890) and U.S. Senator (1897-1909). In this letter to a New York politician, Foraker supports fellow a fellow Ohioan, Senator John Sherman, for the Republican Presidential nomination. The Blaine letter cited was an announcement by Senator James Blaine of Maine, the Republican nominee in 1884 who had lost the general election to Democrat Grover Cleveland, that he would not again be a candidate. When the nominating convention met in Chicago, Sherman received the most votes on the first several ballots, but not enough to secure the Presidential nomination. That honor finally went to Indiana Senator Benjamin Harrison on the eighth ballot. Harrison went on to defeat President Cleveland and serve four years as President (1889-1893), only to lose a rematch to Cleveland in 1892. Foraker denies here that he is a candidate, but twenty years later he would seek the nomination, losing out to another Ohioan, William Howard Taft. Binder holes on left side. Some spotting. Vertical fold touches "J" in signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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