ROBERT WORTH BINGHAM - PRINTED CARD SIGNED IN INK - HFSID 17680
ROBERT W. BINGHAM Signed on his printed card as US Ambassador to Great Britain Printed Card signed in ink: "Robert W. Bingham", 4x2¼. Imprinted caption: "Autograph of the Ambassador/of the United States of America, London.
Sale Price $81.00
ROBERT W. BINGHAM
Signed on his printed card as US Ambassador to Great Britain
Printed Card signed in ink: "Robert W. Bingham", 4x2¼. Imprinted caption: "Autograph of the Ambassador/of the United States of America, London." Robert Worth Bingham (1871-1937) was a Kentucky lawyer and a reform Democrat, who clashed repeatedly with the established leadership of the state party. In 1916, he married Mary Lily Flagler, widow of railroad and oil tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler and reputedly the richest woman in America. She died less than a year later, bequeathing Bingham $5 million, which he used to buy two of Louisville's leading newspapers (which would remain under family ownership until the 1980s). Some writers have alleged that Bingham murdered his wife for her money. His defenders claim Mrs. Bingham drank herself to death, citing as evidence a 1933 affidavit from her doctor. Robert Bingham, a major financial supporter of Franklin Roosevelt, was rewarded for this largesse with the Ambassadorship in London, which he held from 1933 until his death. (The official title of this post since 1893 has been Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Court of St. James.) As Ambassador, Bingham was an outspoken critic of fascism and of Hitler's Germany, attitudes not shared by his successor, Joseph P. Kennedy. Paper residue (previous mounting) on verso (no show-through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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