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NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/14/1903 - HFSID 17741

NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER The former president of Columbia University signs this letter to James Phelan Autograph letter signed: "Nicholas Murray Butler", 2p, 4½x7 folded. Palace Hotel, San Francisco, 1903 May 14. To Mr. Phelan. Palace Hotel stationery.

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NICHOLAS MURRAY BUTLER
The former president of Columbia University signs this letter to James Phelan
Autograph letter signed: "Nicholas Murray Butler", 2p, 4½x7 folded. Palace Hotel, San Francisco, 1903 May 14. To Mr. Phelan. Palace Hotel stationery. In part: "I beg you will accept my hearty thanks for your generous kindness in sending me so charming a souvenir of this eventful visit to San Francisco. The flag is beautifully executed and I shall value it highly. How can I thank you enough for the two volumes of the Bohemian Club annuals which I am to find upon my arrival at New York. The evening with the Club was indeed unique, & will never be forgotten...." James D. Phelan (1861-1930) had served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1897-1902, later serving as U.S. Senator from California (1915-1921). The Bohemian Club was formed in 1872 by a group of San Francisco journalists. The male-only club now bars journalists from membership to protect the group's privacy. Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947) was President of Columbia University from 1901 to 1945. He was designated President Taft's running mate in 1912 after Vice President Sherman, died six days before the election. (Taft and Butler received 8 Electoral Votes in the 3-cornered contest with Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Butler sought the Republican Presidential nomination himself in 1920 and again in 1928. Butler was awarded the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. During his lifetime Butler was considered one of America's great sages; the New York Times annually published his Christmas letter to the American people. Subsequent biographers have been more critical, noting his autocratic style as University President and his penchant for self-promotion.Soiled and lightly stained at margins. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper margin area. Otherwise, fine condition.

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