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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/08/1909 - HFSID 30801

WILLIAM H. TAFT Two weeks before his inauguration as 27th U.S. President, Taft discusses his attitude towards criticism and compromise. Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H. Taft" as President-elect, 1p, 8¼x11. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1909 February 18. To Rev. Thomas R.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
Two weeks before his inauguration as 27th U.S. President, Taft discusses his attitude towards criticism and compromise.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H. Taft" as President-elect, 1p, 8¼x11. Cincinnati, Ohio, 1909 February 18. To Rev. Thomas R. Slicer, Editor, "Optimist's Magazine", New York City. In full: "I have your letter of February 11th, and am glad to express my sympathy with the attitude of the Optimist Club and the Optimist's Magazine toward the present conditions. The man who does not hope for better things and does not believe that better things can be brought about is not the man likely to bring better things about. The spirit of hypercriticism, and the uncompromising attitude which will not accept 'some progress is better than none', the insistence upon the full realization of the highest ideals, and the rejection of any compromises which accomplish good, are all likely to retard progress. Constant criticism and constant pessimism are productive of paralysis and stagnation. No one who wishes to do anything and bring about real reforms, should allow himself to read from day to day editorials and other printed articles, the tone of which is pessimistic and hypercritical, for nothing will take out of him the enthusiasm necessary to successful effort as the reading of such matter." In the November 3, 1908 election, Taft dealt Democrat William Jennings Bryan his third presidential defeat, receiving 7.7 million popular votes to Bryan's 6.4 million and defeating him 321-162 in electoral votes and 29-17 in states. Creased, folds. One light vertical fold touches the "T" in Taft. Overall, fine condition.

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