• Labor Secretary Davis' Humanitarian Efforts Expressed To NY Businessman; Concern For Immigrants

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    JAMES W. DAVIS (October 27, 1873 – November 22, 1947) was a Welsh immigrant who became an American businessman, author, and Secretary of Labor under three Presidents – Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover -- and represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate.


    Davis supported workers’ right to strike but asked labor unions to be slow to use that weapon.  He was also against the 14-hour work day.


    One-page, TLS, to S.W. Edmonds of the Beacon Falls Rubber Shoe Co., March 7, 1925, on Department of Labor stationary.  Very fine content speaking to Davis’s friendly feelings toward labor and his sense of humanity toward immigrants.


    “Just a word to let you know how thoroughly I enjoyed the meeting the other evening. It was a great success and you have started something new by bringing together these people whose interests are mutual, that they may know and understand each other, and there is no question in my mind but that it will go far toward recreating a better and closer feeling between employer and employee.


    “I am sending you a little booklet entitled ‘Humanity in Government,’ which covers briefly the activities of the Department of Labor, and also a pamphlet on the naturalization of the alien, with the thought that you would be interested in these things which mean much to the country at this time.


    “If you should come to Washington, I would be delighted to have you call upon me.


    “With every good wish, I am


    “Cordially yours,


    “James J. Davis”


    Toning, mailing fold.


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