WILLIAM COLLINS WHITNEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 17459
WILLIAM COLLINS WHITNEY William Collins Whitney wrote this letter to Brooklyn Eagle editor St. Clair McKelway on black-bordered stationery to say that he would comply with McKelway's request. Autograph letter signed "W. C Whitney".
Sale Price $450.00
WILLIAM COLLINS WHITNEY
William Collins Whitney wrote this letter to Brooklyn Eagle editor St. Clair McKelway on black-bordered stationery to say that he would comply with McKelway's request.
Autograph letter signed "W. C Whitney". 1 page, 4¼x6¾ black-bordered stationery from 2 West 57th Street, no city or state. In full: "Dear McKelway I comply with your request with much pleasure - Your friend". "McKelway" is possibly ST. CLAIR McKELWAY (1845-1915), editor of the newspaper the Brooklyn Eagle from 1884 until his death, as well as a member of the New York Board of Regents from 1883 to 1915. McKelway also endorsed President Grover Cleveland, who appointed Whitney as Secretary of the Navy. WILLIAM COLLINS WHITNEY (1841-1904, born in Conway, Massachusetts) was Secretary of the Navy (1885-1889) under President Grover Cleveland, where he helped to rebuild the post-Civil War Navy. Whitney made his mark by helping future New York governor Samuel J. Tilden bring down William Magear Tweed - better known as "Boss Tweed" - and his Tammany Hall political machine in New York City. He was made Secretary of the Navy after working on Cleveland's presidential campaign, and he used that position to more than double the Navy's appropriations, which had dwindled after the Civil War. The Navy rebuilt its fleet under his watch; many of these ships, including the battleship USS Maine, played a major role in the Spanish-American War. Whitney returned to New York City after Cleveland's defeat and, as a joint owner of the Metropolitan Traction Company, helped to build the city's rapid transit system. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Ink transference, which touches signature and handwriting. Signature and handwriting are lightly smeared and spotted but legible. Lightly rounded corners, Top, right and left edges are chipped. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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