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# 6863

Twenty-Sixth U.S. President – 1901-09; Colonel of the Rough Riders - Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for the Battle of San Juan Hill, July 1, 1898

Signed Card, 2 ½” x 4”, “Theodore Roosevelt.”

Overall condition is excellent, with light, even toning and small mounting remnants on the reverse.


TAFT, HELEN H. (1861-1943)

# 7053

U.S. First Lady – 1909-13

Franking Signature, “Helen H. Taft, Free,” on a 3 ½” x 5 ½” black-bordered mourning envelope – due to the death of her husband, William Howard Taft, the previous spring – also addressed by Mrs. Taft, to “Mr. George A. Stare, 1152 Muirfield Road, Los Angeles, California.”

The envelope is lightly and evenly toned, with light soiling and wear. There is a small hole just above the address, which is intersected by the oddly positioned October 23, 1930, Washington, D.C. postmark.



# 7498

27th U.S. President - 1909-13; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice – 1921-30; U.S. Secretary of War - 1904-08

Document Signed, 19” x 23”, as President just three days before the end of his term, Washington, D.C., March 1, 1913, “W.H. Taft,” a partly printed appointment for “Charles Campbell, Jr., of Virginia…Secretary of the Legation and Consul General of the United States to Roumania, Servia and Bulgaria."  The document is countersigned by Secretary of State Philander C. Knox, and is accompanied by several items related to Campbell’s academic and professional life: four personal 1 ½” x 3” calling cards, imprinted “Mr. Charles Campbell, Jr., Third Secretary American Embassy,”; an award for scholastic achievement from The Raven Society, University of Virginia, dated September 30, 1907; and an appointment as Knight of the Order of the Black Star, issued in Paris on September 24, 1919.

The diplomatic appointment is lightly and evenly toned, with pinholes at the center intersections of the usual folds, and a few small stains; Campbell’s personal calling cards are in excellent condition; and the French document has numerous creases, edges chips, and tears.

Price: $395.00

TRUMAN, HARRY S. (1884-1972)

# 7661

Thirty-Third U.S. President - 1945-53; U.S. Vice President - 1945

President Truman Thanks Missouri Constituents for a Christmas Ham

Typed Letter Signed, 7” x 8 ¾”, as President on White House stationery, thanking “Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Holt, 229 Main Street, Boonville, Missouri,” for a Christmas ham.

“Washington, January 3, 1949. Dear Mr. and Mrs. Holt: You certainly were generous to send us that ‘blue ribbon’ ham which I am sure you must have prized very highly. We are using it sparingly so that we may enjoy it for a long time. I cannot tell you how much the family and I appreciate your though of us and we unite in extending all good wishes to you. Very sincerely yours, Harry S. Truman.
In excellent condition, the letter is lightly and evenly toned, with the usual horizontal fold at the center, and there are a few minor glue stains on the blank reverse of the integral leaf.

Price: $450.00

TRUMAN, HARRY S. (1884-1972)

# 7662

Thirty-Third U.S. President - 1945-53; U.S. Vice President - 1945

President Truman Thanks Major General W.B. Persons for Thirty Years of Military Service

Typed Letter Signed, 7” x 8 ¾”, as President on White House stationery, to “Major General W.B. Persons, Pentagon Building, Washington, D.C.”

“Washington, June 29, 1949. Dear General Persons: I understand you are on the eve of retirement after thirty years service. I just want to expressw to you my hope that you will have a long and happy life anda useful career after your retirement. I was well acquainted with your work in the Congress while I was in the Senate and you made a great contribution to the war effort. Best of luck to you. Sincerely yours, Harry S. Truman.
After entering the U.S. Army Coast Artillery in 1917, Wilton “Jerry” Persons served in the American Expeditionary Force in World War I and in Europe during World War II, rising to the rank of Major General in 1944. He served as legislative liaison for the Defense Department from 1948 until his retirement in 1949 and as special assistant to General Dwight Eisenhower, 1951-52. Persons campaigned for Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election and served as the President’s special assistant from 1953 through 1958, then as chief of staff from 1958 through 1961.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a few small stains and the usual horizontal fold at the center.

Price: $750.00

VAN BUREN, MARTIN (1782-1862)

# 7553

Eighth U.S. President - 1837-41

Signature, as lame-duck U.S. President, “Yours, M. Van Buren, Nov[ember] 28, 1840,” shortly after Van Buren was defeated by William Henry Harrison in the presidential election of 1840, on a 1 ½” x 4” slip of paper; mounted to heavier backing of the same dimension.


VAN BUREN, MARTIN (1782-1862)

# 7650

Eighth U.S. President - 1837-41; U.S. Vice President – 1833-37; U.S. Secretary of State – 1829-31; Governor of New York - 1829

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed

War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, 5” x 8”, two pages, front and reverse of the first leaf of a folded letter-sheet. From his home in Kinderhook, New York, Van Buren sends details of an upcoming trip to an unnamed friend.

“Lindenwald, October 17th [18]61. Many thanks to you my dear Judge for your affectionate & obliging letter. I shall wait till after the election. I hope to be ready to leave home on the day after. I spend the night with you & I hope have the pleasure of your company to Clifton. I will drop you a line in advance. Present me most kindly to Mrs. Page, Mrs. Mumford & the young ladies, & believe me truly yours, M. Van Buren.” 
In excellent condition overall, the letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains and three horizontal folds.

Price: $895.00


# 7054

U.S. First Lady – 1915-21

Franking Signature, “Edith Bolling Wilson,” on a 3 ½” x 6” black-bordered mourning envelope, postmarked Washington, D.C., March 12, 1924 – shortly after the February 3 death of her husband, Woodrow Wilson. Addressed in another hand, to “The American Legion, Allein Post No. 3, Vicksburg, Mississippi.”

Accompanied by a black-bordered card, with the printed inscription, “Mrs. Woodrow Wilson desires to express her deep appreciation of your kind sympathy.”

Both pieces are lightly toned, and the envelope has slightly heavier soiling and wear. Much of the signature is intersected by the postmark.

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