OSCAR S. STRAUS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/12/1914 - HFSID 296619
Sale Price $198.00
OSCAR S. STRAUS
The German-born U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor declines a request to speak at the Neighborhood House in New York City.
Typed Letter signed: "Oscar S. Straus", 1 page, 6½x7¾. New York City, New York, 1914 March 12. On letterhead of 5 West 76th Street, New York City and addressed to Mr. Dudley P. Lewis, Neighborhood House, City. In Full: "I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 9th, and your urgent request to speak at the Neighborhood House on Thursday, March 26th. I very much regret that my engagements are such that it is impossible for me to do so. I am so occupied with very important matters of a public nature at the present time, that I cannot assume any additional duties. I must slow up a little. I hope at some future time I may be able to spend an evening with you. With best regards, Very truly yours," German-born Oscar Solomon Straus (1850-1926) was U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor (1906-1909), the first Jewish Cabinet member. He served three tours as US Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire (1887-1889, 1898-1899, 1909-1910). He also served on the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. His brothers Isador and Nathan Straus owned Macy's department store. Isador and his wife Ida - who refused to enter a lifeboat without him - perished on the Titanic. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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