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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/19/1913 - HFSID 57266

WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT He signs a typed 1913 letter discussing his connections with the peace movement. Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9¼. New Haven, Connecticut, 1913 October 19. On personal letterhead to Julius Moritzen, Boston, Massachusetts.

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WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
He signs a typed 1913 letter discussing his connections with the peace movement.
Typed Letter signed: "Wm H Taft", 1 page, 7x9¼. New Haven, Connecticut, 1913 October 19. On personal letterhead to Julius Moritzen, Boston, Massachusetts. In full: "I thank you sincerely for your letter of October 16th, inviting my attention to the fact that in your book on 'The Peace Movement in America', you refer to some things I have done. I shall be very glad to read the book with care when I prepare the lectures I am to deliver before the New York Peace Society. Sincerely yours". Taft was by no means a pacifist. As a former President he strongly supported the US military effort in World War I. However, he devoted lifelong efforts to resolve international disputes without war. As President, Taft negotiated arbitration treaties with Britain and France. He was an advocate of "dollar diplomacy," which some critics equate with economic imperialism but Taft believed the growth of international trade would make war less likely. He was also an early advocate of a League to Enforce Peace, and, though he preferred his own model of an international organization to Woodrow Wilson's League of Nations, he broke with many of his fellow Republicans in supporting the League and appeared on public podiums with Woodrow Wilson - whom he disliked - to urge US membership in it. (Privately, he blamed Wilson's inflexibility for the US Senate's failure to sanction US participation.) The New York Peace Society, the oldest peace society in the United States, traces its origins back to 1815. The Society Taft was scheduled to address had reformed in 1906, with the financial support of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, and remained active in the movement for international organization and arbitration until the eve of World War II. Mailing folds, not at signature. Rippled and toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) at upper right corner.

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