PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/18/1909 - HFSID 57264
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT Typed Letter signed as President-elect, insisting that he will revisit Panama. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 5¼x8. Augusta, Georgia, 1909 January 18. On personal letterhead to W. F. Wakeman, New York City.
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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Typed Letter signed as President-elect, insisting that he will revisit Panama.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 5¼x8. Augusta, Georgia, 1909 January 18. On personal letterhead to W. F. Wakeman, New York City. In full: "I have your letter of January 8th in regard to my trip to Panama, and notwithstanding your contrary opinion I feel it my duty to go. I thank you, however, for writing me. Very sincerely yours". After his landslide victory over Democrat Willliam Jennings Bryan in the Presidential election of 1908, Taft spent the winter in August, Georgia, before moving to the White House. Taft's duties as Secretary of War (1904-1908) in Theodore Roosevelt's administration included supervision of the Panama Canal project. In 1906, Taft sided with the minority of the Isthmian Canal Commission in recommending to the President that a canal based on a system of locks could be constructed more quickly and economically than a sea level canal; Roosevelt accepted this recommendation. Taft visited Panama in 1907 to get a first-hand feel for the site. He did not revisit Panama in 1909 or afterward, however, despite his stated intention in this letter. Wilbur F. Wakeman, an influential New York Republican, was Secretary and Treasurer of the American Protective Tariff League (1891-1926). Vertical mailing fold crosses "W" of signature. Lightly toned at edges. Light print transfer from prior folding of letter, not affecting legibility. Otherwise, fine condition.
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