• Political Autographs Include Franklin Roosevelt's Campaign Manager, Trust Buster, Labor Leader Hillman

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    Offering five separate autographs, four typed letters signed, one autograph letter signed as follows:


    TLS by American Labor Leader Sidney Hillman (1887-1946). Hillman became a labor union organizer in the clothing industry in Chicago, elected president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers in 1915 and led strikes that resulted in the 48-hour work week in New York City. He later became president of the CIO. In this one-page letter on Russian-American Industrial Corporation stationary dated June 22, 1923, Hillman provides a personal introduction to Edward A. Filene.


    Folds, toning, filing holes in the left margin. Some adhesion remnants to the verso.


    TLS by U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thurman Arnold in charge of Franklin Roosevelt’s anti-trust division. On Department of Justice stationary, dated February 17, 1929, Arnold thanks Federal Trade Commissioner Ewin L. Davis for “transmitting a copy of the propaganda put out by the National Association of Retail Druggists in opposition to the repeal of the Miller-Tydings Act.” Thurman was regarded as a trust buster.




    TLS by Dewey Anderson, Executive Secretary of the Special Committee to Study Problems of American Small Business for the U.S. Senate.  Anderson writes on August 14, 1946 to Ewin Davis, Federal Trade Commissioner, complimenting him on his address to Harvard entitled “Trust and Cartel Problems.”  “It puts the problem of controlling monopolies in excellent focus, and should do a world of good helping people understand what is involved in getting at monopoly organization of business.”


    Folds, light toning.


    TLS by Louis Howe, Secretary to President Franklin Roosevelt, dated December 6th, 1934, on White House stationary, thanking Federal Trade Commissioner E.L. Davis for his “recent release entitled ‘Utility Propaganda Among Schools and Educators.” Howe was Roosevelt’s campaign manager.


    Folds, paperclip mark at the top left.


    ALS by F.J. Stimson, widely known as a novelist under the name of “J.S. of Dale.” Stimson had a reputation as a brilliant lawyer and is the author of many legal works. In this letter, he apologizes for having to decline an invitation.


    Excellent condition.


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