• Admiral George Dewey, TLS, Grateful for Train at His Disposal During Trip

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    GEORGE 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, TLS, 8 x 8, May 17, 1900, Washington [DC], Dewey writes to F.D. Underwood, second vice president and general manager, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, Baltimore, MD.


    “I wish to thank you most heartily for the courtesy which I have received at the hands of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company in connection with my trip, just ended, to the West and South.  The magnificent train which was placed at my disposal, the arrangement effected for its transportation over the lines of other companies, and the very efficient services of Mr. J.H. Maddy and his corps of assistants, all deserve my highest commendation and I assure you that the trip will long be remembered with feelings of pleasure and gratitude.


    “Very truly yours,


    “George Dewey”


    Very bold signature. Toning and folds. The top of the letterhead has been cut off and the letter has been mounted onto another sheet resulting in some air pockets with one fold going through the second g in his first name.  Otherwise in good condition and easily framed.  Comes with a nice image of Dewey.


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