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RABBI STEPHEN S. WISE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/24/1931 - HFSID 322791

STEPHEN SAMUEL WISE Signed letter of the reform rabbi as head of the Free Synagogue. Typed letter signed: "Stephen Wise, 1p, 8½x7¼. New York City, New York, March 24, 1931. On official letterhead of the Free Synagogue, New York to Miss Marion C. Deane, Washington D.C.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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STEPHEN SAMUEL WISE
Signed letter of the reform rabbi as head of the Free Synagogue.
Typed letter signed: "Stephen Wise, 1p, 8½x7¼. New York City, New York, March 24, 1931. On official letterhead of the Free Synagogue, New York to Miss Marion C. Deane, Washington D.C. In full: "I have your letter and thank you for it, but I am sorry to say that I cannot contribute a bookplate. I have never owned one. I have books rather than bookplates, and I have been so busy collecting books that it never seemed possible to think about a book-plate. I didn't known about the new President at Hampton. But I do remember Mrs. Howe and she may remember meeting me at Hampton many years ago. Will you please give her my very hearty greetings? Yours." Stephen Samuel Wise (born in Budapest, Hungary, 1874-1949)was an American Reform rabbi and Zionist leader, founder of the Free Synagogue, in New York City. Established on his principal to "question whether the pulpit shall be free or whether the pulpit shall not be free, and, by reason of its loss of freedom, reft of its power for good", the Free Synagogue opened its doors in 1907, officially marking the age of the "free Synagogue" movement. An early supporter of Zionism, Wise committed his social causes to Political Zionism, founding the New York Federation of Zionist Societies in 1897 and serving as a delegate and secretary at the Second Zionist Congress in 1898. His other important public and charitable positions include the first vice-president of the Oregon State Conference of Charities and Correction, Commissioner of Child Labor for the State of Oregon, founder of the Peoples' Forum of Oregon, co-founder of NAACP, founder of the Jewish Institute of Religion (now part of the Hebrew Union College), and position secretary of the Federation of American Zionists (FAZ). Along with other gracious and dedicated world leaders, Wise was also a close personal friend of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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