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PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/15/1914 - HFSID 30768

WOODROW WILSON Acknowledging sympathy upon the death of the First Lady. Typed Letter Signed: "Woodrow Wilson" as 28th U.S. President, 1p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1914 August 15. To Charles H. Grasty, Baltimore.

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WOODROW WILSON
Acknowledging sympathy upon the death of the First Lady.
Typed Letter Signed: "Woodrow Wilson" as 28th U.S. President, 1p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1914 August 15. To Charles H. Grasty, Baltimore. In full: "I want you to know how real a comfort it was to me to get your telegram of sympathy. It is very delightful to feel the warm touch of a friend's hand at such a time, and your telegram has served to give me strength and courage." Nine days earlier, on August 6, 1914, Wilson's wife, Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, had died of Bright's disease at the age of 54. She was the last First Lady to die while her husband was President. CHARLES HENRY GRASTY, noted journalist, editor and publisher of the Baltimore "Sun", had played an important role in Wilson's victory in the 1912 Presidential campaign. In 1910, Grasty had enlarged the "Sunday Sun" and added the "Evening Sun", all of which served as forums for his attacks on political machines. Grasty, who had seen Wilson's presidential potential while the latter was President of Princeton (1902-1910), campaigned vigorously for Wilson both in print and in person. His efforts so affected his health that he retired to Europe to recuperate before the end of 1914. Even while resting, he could not stay away from newspaper work, and he served as a war correspondent for the Associated Press until his return to the U.S. in 1916. Light stains, including a nailhead-size one in a blank area between Wilson's first and last name. Overall, fine condition.

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