PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/16/1917 - HFSID 32398
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His ink signature on a printed letter seeking re-election as Lieutenant Governor: "We are at war. Our boys are in our army...Will any change in our State administration help you or help our country? Do you want to see me turned out of office?"
Form Typed Letter Signed: "Calvin Coolidge" as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1 page, 8x10¾. No place, but probably Northampton, Massachusetts. No date but probably October, 1917. Date at top right: "Election Day, November 6, 1917" is not the date this letter was written but rather it is there to tell the recipient the date of the forthcoming election. In full: "You have been willing to go to the trouble of honoring me by signing my nomination papers. I write to you because I may not see you and I want you to know now that I appreciate it and want to thank you for it. We are at war. Our boys are in our army. Their fathers, mothers, wives and dear ones are at home. Praise for their willing sacrifice, praise beyond measure is due to them all. Our first duty is to support them with all our resources, material and spiritual. The people and government of Massachusetts are doing that. We cannot think much of politics now, but we know we must have a government to conduct the war, to give our soldiers means of defending themselves and you, that means an election. Will any change in our State administration help you or help our country? Do you want to see me turned out of office? Then may I ask you to vote for me and ask your friends to vote for me? Your asking is what counts." Although this is a form letter, it was personally signed by Coolidge. In 1915, State Senator Calvin Coolidge was Samuel McCall's running mate on the Republican ticket for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. McCall defeated incumbent Governor David I. Walsh by about 6,000 votes out of nearly half a million cast. Coolidge won easily with a majority of over 50,000. They were reelected in 1916 and 1917. Coolidge was elected Governor in 1918 and 1919 and in 1920, he was elected Harding's Vice President. When President Harding died in 1923, Coolidge became President. Folds, light vertical fold just touches flourish of "C" in Coolidge. Lightly creased and soiled. Diagonal tear at upper left corner has been repaired on verso. Overall, fine condition.
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