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WILLIAM TYLER PAGE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/28/1922 - HFSID 320196

WILLIAM TYLER PAGE The House of Representatives clerk signs a letter to an associate, thanking him for his help in catching votes for a campaign Typed letter signed: "Wm Tyler Page", in black ink, 1 page, 8x10½. June 28, 1922. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C. In part: "Dear Mr.

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WILLIAM TYLER PAGE
The House of Representatives clerk signs a letter to an associate, thanking him for his help in catching votes for a campaign
Typed letter signed: "Wm Tyler Page", in black ink, 1 page, 8x10½. June 28, 1922. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C. In part: "Dear Mr. Taylor: I am very much obliged to you for your kind letter and for the good work you are doing on my behalf. This is very generous on your part and agreeably unexpected for I did not know that you anywhere on my soil. I am glad too that you purpose remaining there for some time, which will give you the opportunity to further sound out the people; and I would thank you to keep me advised at your convenience as to what you hear". William Tyler Page (1868-1942, born in Frederick, Maryland) worked for 61 years in the United States Capitol, starting as a page in 1881 and rising to Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, a post he held from 1919 to 1931. He's probably best known for writing the American's Creed in 1917. The American's Creed was written for a nationwide contest and was, according to Page, "a summing up, in one hundred words, of the basic principles of American political faith." (He reportedly spent the prize money on Liberty Bonds.) Page's family has deep roots in the United States. On the evening before his death, Page, longtime President of the US Flag Association, addressed the Daughters of the American Revolution on the 50th anniversary of the Pledge of Allegiance. He is great-great-grandson of Carter Braxton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a descendant of President John Tyler. Although the House Clerk's chief duties are record-keeping, the Clerk is elected on a partisan basis by whichever Party enjoys a majority, hence Page's interest in "catching votes". Note that his years as Clerk coincide exactly with a period of Republican ascendancy there. Multiple folds. Ink on letter haloed. Lightly toned. Light surface creases. Corners slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.

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