ANDREW WILLIAM MELLON (March 24,
1855 – August 26, 1937), a member of the wealthy Mellon family of Pittsburgh,
PA, was an American banker, businessman, industrialist and politician. He
served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1921 – 1932,
presiding over the boom years of the 1920s and the Wall Street Crash of
1929. Mellon was chosen to lead Treasury
by President Warren G. Harding. He also
served under Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. Mellon’s reputation collapsed after the Wall
Street Crash and the onset of the Great Depression. Congress began impeachment
proceedings against Mellon. Hoover then
transferred Mellon to the position of United States Ambassador to the United
Kingdom. Following Hoover’s defeat, Mellon returned to private life. Shortly before his death, Mellon helped
establish the National Gallery of Art. His philanthropic efforts also played a
major role in the later establishment of Carnegie Mellon University and the
National Portrait Gallery.
Offering his autograph on a 1 ¼ x 3 ¼ card with the words engraved “Autograph of” and “Secretary of the Treasury.” Very nice Mellon autograph.
Minor mounting residue on verso. Else excellent.
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