PRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1917 - HFSID 86021
Sale Price $1,530.00
His ink signature on a printed letter to Massachusetts voters asking them to re-elect him to the office of Lieutenant Governor, framed with his portrait in the Gallery of History style to 32x18.
TLS: "Calvin Coolidge", 1 page, 8¼x10½. 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; it is there to remind the recipient of the date of the forthcoming election. Form letter authentically signed in ink on letterhead of "For Lieutenant Governor/Calvin Coolidge/of Northampton" to unidentified recipient. Names of the members of the Executive Committee who nominated Coolidge for Lieutenant Governor are imprinted at right margin opposite a b/w photograph of Coolidge at left margin. Begins: "My dear Sir". 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 how 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 will all of 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." Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) signed this letter during his campaign for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (1916-1918) and just seven months after the U.S. had entered WWI. As Lieutenant Governor, Coolidge worked on war-related committees, directed fundraising campaigns for war bonds and charities and made public speeches on the needs of the war effort. The year following this letter, Coolidge was elected Governor of Massachusetts, and he was thrown into the national limelight when he exercised his gubernatorial authority and stood against the actions of the striking Boston police force (September 1919): "There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time!" The fame that the publicity over this matter brought Coolidge boosted him to the Vice Presidency in 1920. When President Warren G. Harding died on August 3, 1923, Coolidge became the 30th President of the U.S. (1923-1929). As President, he continued the firm policy of previous administration, which required allied war debtors to pay in full over $10 billion owed to the U.S. Coolidge led the nation through a prosperous, recuperative period with his laissez-faire policy toward business and his economic management of government; his tight-fisted administration lowered taxes and reduced the national debt by $2 billion. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold at the "oo" of Coolidge. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 32x18.
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