WILLIAM H. CRANE - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1900 CO-SIGNED BY: ORVILLE H. PLATT, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LOUIS E. MCCOMAS - HFSID 2008
WILLIAM H. CRANE, ORVILLE H. PLATT, and LOUIS E. MCCOMAS Signature from the American actor that also features the signatures of two United States Senators on verso Autograph sentiment signed: "Very Truly Yours/Wm. H . Crane", "O. H. Platt/Conn.", "L.E. McComas", 6¼x2¼.
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WILLIAM H. CRANE, ORVILLE H. PLATT, and LOUIS E. MCCOMAS Signature from the American actor that also features the signatures of two United States Senators on verso Autograph sentiment signed: "Very Truly Yours/Wm. H . Crane", "O. H. Platt/Conn.", "L.E. McComas", 6¼x2¼. William H. Crane (1845-1928, born in Leicester, Massachusetts) was a stage actor who made his debut during the American Civil War but lived long enough to appear, and even star, in silent-era movies. Crane debuted in Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment (1963) in Utica, New York in 1863 and scored a big success a decade later as Le Blanc the Notary in the burlesque Evangeline (1873). He specialized in eccentric characters; out of his 27 Broadway appearances, three were in the title role of the comedy David Harum (1915), a role he created on the “Great White Way” Midtown Manhattan area of Broadway. Crane later reprised the role in the 1915 film adaptation of the play. It was the first of five film appearances for Crane, which including a starring role in the Buster Keaton comedy The Saphead (1920). Orville H. Platt (1827-1905) was a Republican United States Senator from Connecticut from 1879 until his death in office in 1905. Platt, an attorney, had previously served as Secretary of State of Connecticut (1857-1859), and he was a member of the Connecticut State Senate (1861-1862) and the Connecticut House of Representatives (1864, 1869; Speaker in 1869). Louis E. McComas (1846-1907) was a United States Congressman from Maryland, representing Maryland's 6th district from 1883 to 1891. He later represented Maryland in the United States Senate from 1899 to 1905. McComas also served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, appointed in 1892 by President Benjamin Harrison. In 1905, he was again appointed to a high ranking position, this time by President Theodore Roosevelt as a justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. McComas remained in that position until his death. Heavily toned. Light surface creases. Irregularly cut. Ink notes (unknown hand). Otherwise, fine condition.
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