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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/12/1919 - HFSID 57259

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT He signs a typed letter ridiculing "parlor socialists." Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 8x10. New Haven, Connecticut, 1919 October 12. On personal letterhead to Ralph M. Easley, National Civic Federation, New York, N.Y.

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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
He signs a typed letter ridiculing "parlor socialists."
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 8x10. New Haven, Connecticut, 1919 October 12. On personal letterhead to Ralph M. Easley, National Civic Federation, New York, N.Y. In full: "I have yours of October 7th, enclosing your correspondence with William Fellowes Morgan, which I have read with great approval of your attitude. The trouble with these parlor socialists is that they don't think clearly. They don't follow to the logical conclusions what they allow themselves to emit as their views. Others do, and use such conclusions to the detriment of society. 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. Ralph M. Easley formed the National Civic Federation in 1900, with Ohio Senator Mark Hanna as its first president, with the goal of promoting business-labor harmony and forestalling class warfare. Better wages and working conditions were essential, the NCF believed, to win the trust of moderate union leaders and head off more radical movements. William Fellowes Morgan, a pioneer in warehouse refrigeration, officer of the US Golf Association, and president of the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, was a prominent after dinner speaker. It's not known what comments prompted Taft to label him a "parlor socialist." Light corner creases. Light creases touches signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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