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JOUETT SHOUSE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/13/1936 - HFSID 65472

JOUETT SHOUSE As President of the Liberty League (1936), he signs a typed letter, responding very guardedly to an invitation to give a speech. Typed Letter signed: "Jouett Shouse", 1 page, 8½x11. Washington, D.C., 1936 July 30.

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JOUETT SHOUSE
As President of the Liberty League (1936), he signs a typed letter, responding very guardedly to an invitation to give a speech.
Typed Letter signed: "Jouett Shouse", 1 page, 8½x11. Washington, D.C., 1936 July 30. On his letterhead as President of the Liberty League to Frank McGlinn, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In full: "Responding to your letter of July 28th, as I suggested in prior correspondence, I shall be happy to discuss with you, if I have the opportunity for personal conversation, the question of a speech at Chapel Hill. If you are in this vicinity I shall be happy to see you and I hope you will be over this way some time. Frankly, however, I think that it is not advisable for me to accept at this time the invitation that you are good enough to extend. Sincerely yours". Journalist, politician and horse breeder Jouett Shouse (1879-1968) represented Kansas in the US House of Representatives for two terms (1915-1919), and was then appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1919-1920) by President Wilson. Shouse opposed Franklin Roosevelt's Presidential nomination in 1932, and in 1934 co-founded the Liberty League, an organization of conservative Democrats. The Liberty League contained many prominent members, including former Presidential nominees John W. Davis and Al Smith, and General Motors Chairman Alfred Sloan. Heavily funded by US business interests, the League denounced Social Security, the National Labor Relations Act and other New Deal measures. That same year, retired Marine Corps General Smedley Butler testified before Congress that he had been approached by Liberty League leaders to lead a paramilitary group supporting the overthrow of the US government and its replacement by a fascist junta. The Liberty League endorsed Republican Presidential nominee Alf Landon against FDR in 1936. Shouse and his second wife, the heiress Catherine Filene Shouse, owned Wolf Trap Farm, Vienna, Virginia, a dog and horse breeding establishment later donated by Mrs. Shouse for a national performing arts center. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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