DAVID IGNATIUS WALSH was the 46th Governor of
Massachusetts (1914-1916) and later became Democratic U.S. Senator (1919-1947).
Walsh was the first Roman Catholic elected governor in Massachusetts. As
governor, he unsuccessfully fought hard for a Women's Suffrage amendment to the
Massachusetts Constitution. He also led the way toward establishing stricter
film censorship in Massachusetts after large protests against D.W. Griffith\'s
film "The Birth of a Nation." In the Senate, Walsh was an
isolationist, opposing an American alliance with the United Kingdom up to the
attack on Pearl Harbor.
One page, 8" x 10" on United States Senate letterhead, TLS to a constituent, George Carter Chaney of Salem, MA, Dec. 6, 1932, just before Franklin Roosevelt was to take office in his first term as president and face the nation's great depression. Cover included with printed free frank.
"Your letter is received and I appreciate your letting me have the economic views outlined therein. I will be pleased to keep in touch with you with reference to any legislation affecting agriculture.
"As you suggest, I am forwarding to the confidential secretary of Governor Roosevelt your proposal. I presume you do not want anything done about introducing it until after you hear from the President-Elect."
Boldly signed by Walsh. Comes with an original wire service photograph of Roosevelt placing a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier. Approximately 7” x 9” black and white glossy original photograph from the Washington Bureau of Acme News Pictures, showing PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Original cutline, dated November 11, 1942, is attached, stating that Roosevelt “laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the first wartime observance of the day which ended World War I.” Others present in the photograph are described from left to right: Admiral Ernest King, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Fleet; Lieut. Gen. Thomas Holcomb, Marine Corps Commandant; General John J. Pershing; Captain John McCrea, USN, The President’s Naval Aide; Lt. Col. Chester Hammond, USA, Military Aide to the President as he advanced to lay the President’s wreath on the tomb. Photograph has several small creases mostly around the borders. One crease just above Roosevelt’s image. Overall very good and a nice item for the Roosevelt collector.
Toning, folds, cover included.
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