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    John W. Weeks: 2 Good Content Letters, as Senator and as Secretary of War. Here is an opportunity to obtain two letters of the Secretary of War who served two presidents, Harding and Coolidge, well and faithfully. 1) Typed Letter Signed, as Senator, 2 pages, 8" x 10.5", on the letterhead of the United States Senate, Washington, February 6, 1914. To William T. Sedgwick at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Professor Sedgwick, a biologist, was a key figure in shaping federal Public Health policy. With an initialed note in Sedgwick's hand in upper left corner "In strictest confidence - W.T.S.". Held by bracket, upper left, and Fine. In part: "There are, as you know, a large number of scientists connected with the Government service; very many suitably compensated but it is pretty difficult in the Government service to select for special pay any man or class of men because it always carries with it the supposition that it is being done for political or other than reasons.'' 2) Typed Letter Signed, as secretary of war, 1 page, on the letterhead of the War Department, Washington, April 14, 1922. To the Hon. Benjamin Loring Young. Bearing the faintest imprint of a paper clip at top, else Fine. Listing the three men from Massachusetts who won the Congressional Medal of Honor in World War I. In part: "Private George Dilboy, deceased... Private 1st Cl. Michael J. Perkins, deceased... Major Charles W. Whittlesey, deceased... The records of First Lieutenant William Bradford Turner show that he was born in the State of Massachusetts but when appointed temporarily an officer during the World War, his residence was that of New York State". The Congressional Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award for "uncommon valor" and given for actions that are above and beyond the call of duty in combat against an armed enemy. The names of those awarded them will always be remembered. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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