LINDLEY M. GARRISON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/10/1913 - HFSID 317497
Sale Price $288.00
As President Wilson's first Secretary of War, he accepts an invitation to co-chair an Anglo-American friendship organization.
Typed Letter signed: "Lindley M. Garrison" as Secretary of War, 1 page, 5½x9. Washington, D.C., 1913 April 10. On official letterhead to John A. Stuart, New York, N. Y., in full: "I thank you for your esteemed letter of April 9th, and I accept with pleasure the invitation which you kindly extend to become an Honorary Vice-Chairman of the American Committee for the Celebration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of Peace Among English Speaking Peoples. Very truly yours". Lindley M. Garrison (1864-1932), a lawyer, was Vice-Chancellor of New Jersey from 1904 to 1913. In that capacity he came to the attention of Woodrow Wilson after Wilson won the Governorship in 1910. When Wilson became President two years later, Garrison joined his Cabinet as Secretary of War (1913-1916). Wilson and Garrison had policy differences, however, Garrison supporting a more extensive pre-war military buildup than the President was ready to support. Caught in the middle between those opposed to his plans to increase the US Army, and those who felt he was not going far enough, Garrison left the Cabinet in February 1916. When he signed this letter, Garrison had been Secretary of War for only a month. The planned Centenary of Anglo-American Peace was celebrated as planned in December 1914, but by then Britain was a war with Germany, with the US maintaining a precarious neutrality for until April 1917, with the obvious resulting problems for Garrison as Secretary of War. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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