JOSEPHUS DANIELS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/13/1917 - HFSID 320027
Sale Price $180.00
War-dated letter as Secretary of the Navy to mineralogist George F. Kunz
Typed Letter signed: "Josephus Daniels" as Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 8x9. No place, 1917 December 13. To George F. Kunz, New York City, in full: "I have received your letter of December 10th and I wish to thank you for it. I am very glad indeed to have the suggestion which you made and will look into it carefully. 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, commissioned from 1965-1994, was named for him as are schools and buildings throughout North Carolina. Mineralogist George F. Kunz (1856-1932) was a special agent of the US Geologic Service and research curator of New York's Museum of Natural History. He left a very extensive collection of rare books and articles on precious gems to the Geologic Service. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased and toned. Pencil notes (unknown hand) in top left corner. Staple holes in lower margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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