NEWTON D. BAKER - CALLING CARD SIGNED - HFSID 320781
Sale Price $180.00
NEWTON D. BAKER
Signed calling card of Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of War
Calling Card signed: "Newton D. Baker", 3¼x2. Printed text: "Newton D. Baker/Union Trust Building/Cleveland". Newton Diehl Baker (1871-1937) was Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio (1912-1915) before serving as President Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of War from 1916 to1921. It was Baker who, on June 27, 1918, pulled numbers out of a fishbowl, drafting men ages 21 to 31 into the military for World War I. Baker electrified the 1924 Democratic National Convention with a fiery speech advocating US membership in the League of Nations and a return to Wilsonian principles in foreign policy. Baker was a skilled lawyer, who argued a case successfully before the Supreme Court (1926). Fine condition.
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