CHARLES HUGHES (1862-1948) served as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, 36th governor of New York, 44th U.S. Secretary of State and a 1916 Republican nominee for president who would lose narrowly to Woodrow Wilson.
3 pp, 8 x 10, ALS, August 27, 1916, Kenzow Yano of Los Angeles, CA, writes to Hughes during the presidential campaign seeking a copy of Hughes’ political doctrine.
He addresses Hughes on the first page as “His Excellency Charles Evans Hughes/Nominee for the President of the United States/At the Transcontinental Campaign Tour
“When you was nominated for the Presidency of the United States, you was a cloud at the top of Rocky Mountains. You delivered an address in the East, and it was the big eloquence. A cloud covered America with the cool wind and showers. You came to the West by the transcontinental tour. You came, you saw, and was captive to Southern California. I think California saw, and was captive to you. You thunder at the Shrine Auditorium at Los Angeles, roared on the big political doctrines not only to America, but also to the world. Why? You said, ‘There will emerge from the war a new Europe, which must be met by a new America.’ In fact, all nations are anxious of the industrial crisis after the great war. Your forecast gave a light upon all the nations’ anxiety. If all nations are the new nations, there will emerge the progression of this century. You pointed human(s) the direction to walk after the war. I came to the United States to learn of the civilization and I am very happy to have gain(ed) your political doctrine. I want the Doctrine to be [written] down by you and sent to me, and then I will send to Japan and deliver your doctrine. If busy, please only give your signature as the memory of the doctrine. I hope your success.
“No. 731 Maple Street, Los Angeles, Calif.”
In another hand at the top of the first page is are notes: “A Japanese wants Governor’s political doctrine.” Below in another hand: “Tell him still on tour, not expected to return until middle Sept. Find his doctrine in S&R, which are being sent him 9/1/16.”
Seeking to bridge the divine in the Republican Party and limit Woodrow Wilson to a single term, several Republican leaders asked Hughes to consider running in the 1916 election. While Hughes was reluctant, polls showed he was the preferred candidate of many Republican voters.
Hughes accepted the nomination and became the only sitting Supreme Court Justice to serve as a major party’s presidential nominee. Wilson won by a slim margin.
Hughes had a reputation for intelligence, personal integrity and moderation.
Toning, light soiling. Paper clip mark at the top affecting very little. Fine political Americana on a presidential race that was considered important at the time.
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