William H. Taft, Autograph Letter, Signed


Taft’s Service on the Lincoln Memorial Commission

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Offering a William H. Taft autograph letter, signed. Taft was the Chairman of the Commission, created in 1911 “to procure a location, plan, and design for a monument or memorial to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.” The receipient, Col. John Temple Graves later filled a vacancy.  Here Taft advised Graves as to various times  they might meet up before the “formal meeting” occurs.

The dedication of the Memorial took place May 30, 1922 with Taft making the speech of presentation, with the main address made by President Warren G. Harding.  Graves, a newspaper editor who ran as a vice presidential nominee of the Independence Party in 1908, also attended.

Very good with strong, clear writing, though the second page has toning along one edge and along a center horizontal fold, the latter obscuring the words underneath.

Taft, William Howard. Autograph Letter, signed “Wm H Taft” on personal stationery.  Bermuda:  15 January 1921.  8vo.; 2p. on separate sheets.  To Col. John Temple Graves / Resident Commissioner / Lincoln Memorial Commission.