• Secretary Of State Hughes Agrees To Consider U.S. Position On Latvia

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    CHARLES EVANS HUGHES, SR. (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was an American statesman, politician and jurist who served as the 11th Chief Justice of the United States from 1930 to 1941, appointed by Herbert Hoover. A member of the Republican Party, he was previously the 36th governor of New York and an associate justice of the Supreme Court.  He also served as secretary of state.  He was nominated in the 1916 presidential election but lost narrowly to Woodrow Wilson.  Hughes also served as Warren Harding’s secretary of state.


    One-page, TLS, 8 x 10 ½, on Department of State stationary, October 11, 1921, Hughes replies to Congressmen Edward C. Little.


    “I have received your letter of September 29, 1921, with reference to the question of the recognition of the so-called Latvian Government.


    “In reply I beg to inform you that the Department has given careful consideration to this matter and will continue to do so whenever an appropriate occasion arises...


    “Charles E. Hughes”


    Signed with Hughes traditional bold signature.


    Light toning. Some pencil markings added by a previous collector.


    The Latvian-Soviet Peace Treaty, also known as the Treaty of Riga, was signed on August 11, 1920 by representatives of Latvia and Soviet Russia. It officially ended the Latvian War of Independence. In Article II of the treaty, Soviet Russia recognized the independence of Latvia as inviolable “for all future time.”


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