PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/24/1926 - HFSID 175517
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT Getting ready for a vacation in Canada, the Chief Justice signs a typed personal letter. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7¾x9½. Washington, D.C., 1926 June 24. On US Supreme Court stationery to Brigadier General C. C. Sniffen, The Ontario, Washington, D.C.
Sale Price $637.50
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
Getting ready for a vacation in Canada, the Chief Justice signs a typed personal letter.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7¾x9½. Washington, D.C., 1926 June 24. On US Supreme Court stationery to Brigadier General C. C. Sniffen, The Ontario, Washington, D.C. In full: "I have your note of June 23rd, and I thank you and Mrs. Sniffen for your kindly good wishes. I hope to be able to leave here tomorrow afternoon for my summer home in Canada, there to have a long and, I hope, a recuperative rest. May your summer be a pleasant one, and may we meet again in the fall in this delightful part of Washington. 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. Culver Channing Sniffen, a former secretary to President Grant and an aide to General Shafter during the Cuban campaign of the Spanish-American War, was appointed US Paymaster General with the rank of Brigadier General by President Roosevelt in 1906. Before the advent of air conditioning, everyone who could do so escaped from the stifling heat and humidity of Washington, D.C. during the summer. As President, Taft made Beverly, Massachusetts his summer residence. Later, he and Mrs. Taft summered in Murray Bay, Quebec, Canada. Lightly creased at edges and soiled at left edge. Light mailing fold crosses signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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