DEWEY (December 26, 1837 – January 16, 1917) was
Admiral of the Navy, the only person in the United States to have attained the
rank. He served in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War and was
responsible for the U.S. victory at the Battle of Manila Bay. Dewey explored running for the 1900 Democratic
presidential nomination, but he withdrew and endorsed President William
McKinley. He served on the General Board
of the United States Navy, an important policy-making body, from 1900 until his
death in 1917.
One page, 5 ¼ x 6 ¾, TLS on Office of The Admiral of the Navy, Washington, DC, stationary, December 28, 1912, to Karl L. Heumann of Glenarm, MD. Stamped cover included.
“Please accept my thanks for your kind birthday wishes, received, I assure you, with the greatest appreciation. I am always glad to hear from my old shipmates.
“Hoping you are well and prosperous, and that the coming year will be a happy one for you, I am
“Very truly yours,
Light toning, mailing fold. Some soiling to the cover. A fine lot from this important American.
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