JOSEPH P. TUMULTY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/26/1921 - HFSID 17523
TLS as President Wilson's chief of staff, declining to comment for the 1921 inauguration issue of a magazine because "we have had our innings" and are "passing off the stage".
Sale Price $270.00
JOSEPH P. TUMULTY TLS as President Wilson's chief of staff, declining to comment for the 1921 inauguration issue of a magazine because "we have had our innings" and are "passing off the stage". Typed Letter signed: "J. P. Tumulty" as Secretary to the President, 1 page, 5½x9. The White House, Washington, 1921 January 26. On White House letterhead to Perriton Maxwell, Leslie's Weekly, New York City. In full: "I have your letter of the 24th of January and would like very much to follow your suggestion with reference to the special Inauguration Number of 'Leslie's Weekly''; but frankly, I do not think it wise for me to do so. We are passing off the stage and any words of mine appearing in your Inauguration Number might seem an unwarranted intrusion. We have had our innings and I think it only proper that we should not appear in the inaugural picture. Sincerely yours". Joseph P. Tumulty (1879-1954), a New Jersey lawyer and state legislator, helped run Woodrow Wilson's campaign for Governor of New Jersey. Wilson, impressed with his performance, made Tumulty his personal secretary in the Governor's Office (1911-1913) and White House (1913-1921). Tumulty's formal title was Secretary to the President, with functions which would now be considered those of a chief of staff and press secretary. He also advised on the Irish and Catholic vote during Wilson's re-election campaign, and made many patronage decisions. He lost some influence with the President after opposing Wilson's decision to re-marry in the White House only months after the death of his first wife. Tumulty wrote a memoir, Woodrow Wilson as I Knew Him. Normal mailing folds. Creased, not at signature. Lightly toned. Two paper clip marks at top center. Tape and tape stains verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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