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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/14/1913 - HFSID 57261

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT Three months after leaving the White House, Taft signs a typed letter praising the policy recommendations of the National Civic Federation. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9. New Haven, Connecticut, 1913 June 14. On personal letterhead to Ralph M.

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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Three months after leaving the White House, Taft signs a typed letter praising the policy recommendations of the National Civic Federation.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9. New Haven, Connecticut, 1913 June 14. On personal letterhead to Ralph M. Easley, National Civic Federation, New York, N.Y. In full: "I have your letter of June 13th, together with a copy of proposed amendments to the Erdman Conciliation Act. I regard this act as of the highest importance, and welcome the suggestion of any sound amendments to it. I have not now time to comment on the proposals, but I do not doubt that they should be adopted, coming as they do [his ink substation of "do" for "have" here] from a committee as well advised as to the needs of the country in this regard. Sincerely yours". The National Civic Federation, founded in 1900 and led for many years by former journalist Ralph Easley (1856-1939) sought to improve industrial relations in the US by promoting non-confrontational compromise between business and labor leaders. Very influential in its early years, The Federation survived until 1950, but was marginalized after World War I, labor and business leaders having withdrawn their political and financial support. The Erdman Act of 1898 was the first legislation providing for federal mediation of labor disputes, although its scope was limited to the railroads. The administration of Woodrow Wilson, which succeeded that of Taft in 1913, went beyond merely amending the Erdman Act, establishing a Cabinet-level Department of Labor and assigning broad labor mediation functions to its Secretary. Taft, in reality a moderate conservative somewhat unfairly portrayed as an extreme, unbending one during the 1912 Presidential election, had always been supportive of the National Civic Federation, and would prove his own commitment to labor harmony as Chairman of the National War Labor Board during World War I. Light mailing fold, not at signature. Lightly soiled in blank margins. Otherwise, fine condition.

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