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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/02/1916 - HFSID 5909

WILLIAM H. TAFT To the Assistant Editor of "The Advocate of Peace" urging him to contact former Secretaries of State Root and Knox. Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H Taft", 1p, 7x9. New Haven, Conn., 1916 December 2. The former President writes while a Yale law professor to Clarke F.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
To the Assistant Editor of "The Advocate of Peace" urging him to contact former Secretaries of State Root and Knox.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H Taft", 1p, 7x9. New Haven, Conn., 1916 December 2. The former President writes while a Yale law professor to Clarke F. Hunn, Assistant Editor, the Advocate of Peace, Colorado Building, Washington, D.C. In full: "I have your letter of November 27th, and thank you for sending me the enclosures which I am much interested in reading. I think you ought to get an expression from Mr. Root or Mr. Knox about this, because they have more intimate knowledge of details than I have." Taft had succeeded ELIHU ROOT as Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of War in 1904. Root became Secretary of State (1905-1909) while Taft was Secretary of War (1905-1908). Root was U.S. Senator (N.Y.) at the time of this letter. PHILANDER C. KNOX was Attorney General under McKinley and Roosevelt (1901-1904) and Taft's Secretary of State (1909-1913). He had served in the U.S. Senate (1904-1909) and had been elected to the Senate (Pennsylvania) once again just three and a half weeks before Taft wrote this letter. Since Root, 1912 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Knox each served as Secretary of State, the material Hunn sent Taft probably referred to foreign policy and World War I, which the United States would enter four months later. Fine condition.

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