PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/06/1916 - HFSID 57265
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT Signed typed letter explaining that his lectures at Yale preclude a visit to Oklahoma City. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9¼. New Haven, Connecticut, 1916 February 6. On personal letterhead to an unnamed party in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sale Price $450.00
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Signed typed letter explaining that his lectures at Yale preclude a visit to Oklahoma City.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9¼. New Haven, Connecticut, 1916 February 6. On personal letterhead to an unnamed party in St. Louis, Missouri. (The addressee's name has been removed.) In full: "I have your letter of February 3rd. It is not possible for me to get out to Oklahoma City, because the distance prevents me getting back in time for my lectures at Yale University. I have been compelled to send my regrets. Sincerely yours". William Howard Taft (1857-1930) was Governor of the Philippines (1901-1904), Secretary of War (1904-1909), 27th of the United States (1909-1913) and Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court (1921-1930). His bruising convention battle with former ally and patron Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 split the Republican Party, allowing the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Taft as President was caught in the middle between progressives and conservatives and constrained by a more limited view of Presidential powers than TR had possessed, but historians tend to view his term of office more positively than did most of his contemporaries. His skills as Chief Justice are widely recognized. In the years between his Presidency and his appointment as Chief Justice, Taft taught at Yale Law School, hence his need to return there in time for lectures. Mailing fold crosses "T" of signature. Opening and address have been cut out (1¼x¼; ¾x¼). Lightly soiled at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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