DescriptionPresident Calvin Coolidge Typed Letter Signed and Typed Statement Signed. 1) One-page (of a four page bifolium), 5" x 8", White House, Washington, D.C., typed letter signed on White House stationary with mourning border. A letter to George C. Dyer, Editor of the St. Louis Censor, concerning Dyer's expression of support of Coolidge as he assumed the presidency due to the sudden death of President Warren G. Harding on August 2, 1923.
Written four days after the death of President Harding, the new president wrote this short note to Dyer: "It was good of you to send the telegram which I received this morning. At a time like this, such an expression of confidence is most helpful in meeting the responsibilities of the office to which I have been called." Signed, "Calvin Coolidge."
Accompanying this letter are two photographs, one of Coolidge sitting in the room where he took the oath of office at the Coolidge homestead in Plymouth, Vermont, on August 3, 1923, upon hearing of the news of the death of President Harding, and one of the bible used when Coolidge took the oath of office.
Together with a typed statement signed; one-page, 8.25" x 13.25". The White House, Washington, D.C., dated November 5, 1924. A statement written one day after Coolidge was elected to his own term as president of the United States, after serving out the term of Warren Harding after the latter's death in August 1923. The statement is signed by Coolidge.
In full: "It does not seem possible to me to make an adequate expression concerning the Presidency of the United States. No other honor equals it, no other responsibility approaches it. When it is conferred by an overwhelming choice of the people and vote of the electoral college, these are made all the greater. I can only express my simple thanks to all those who have contributed to this result and plainly acknowledge that it has been brought to pass through the works of Divine Providence, of which I am but one instrument. Such powers as I have I dedicate to the service of all my country and of all my countrymen. In the performance of the duties of my office I could not ask for anything more than sympathetic consideration which my fellow Americans have always bestowed upon me. I have no appeal except to the common sense of all the people. I have no pledge except to serve them. I have no object except to promote their welfare."
This signed statement was sent to George H. Milne, a businessman in New York City, by C. Bascom Slemp (1870-1943), President Coolidge's secretary. Slemp's letter to Milne, dated November 7, 1924, 5.5" x 9.25", on White House stationary, is included with the statement.
Coolidge won the 1924 election by a landslide, winning 382 electoral votes and by a popular vote margin of more than 25 percent. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.
Condition: The letter, statement, and photographs are mounted to thick paper backing. The letters, statement, and photographs are in fine condition.
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