JOSEPHUS DANIELS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/04/1919 - HFSID 206835
Sale Price $198.00
Secretary of the Navy, Daniels responds to a request for an autograph
Typed Letter signed: "Josephus Daniels", 1p. 5¼x6¾, Washington, D.C., 1919 March 4 on Secretary of the Navy letterhead, to Mr. Joseph L Gross, Washington, D.C. In full: "My dear Mr. Gross: In response to your request, I take pleasure in giving you my autograph herewith. I am honored that you desire it. (in his hand) Sincerely yours," Josephus Daniels (1862-1948) served as Wilson's Secretary of the Navy from 1913-1921- prior to which he was a successful newspaper owner and editor. As a partisan Democrat, he used his control of the Raleigh News & Observer to advance the party causes. He launched a "White Supremacy" campaign in North Carolina that led to Democrat victories in 1898 and 1900 and the disfranchisement of African-Americans. In 1898, he was credited with inciting the Wilmington Race Riots-years later he was said to have regretted his stance. While Secretary of the Navy, he banned alcohol from US Navy ships and ruled that no prostitution would be permitted within five miles of any naval base. He later served as Ambassador to Mexico (1933-1941) under FDR. The USS Josephus Daniels was named for him, as are schools and buildings throughout North Carolina. Paper and adhesive residue at corners (previous mounting). Horizontal mailing fold. Lightly soiled and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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