DescriptionWilliam Jennings Bryan Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8.5" x 5.2", Villa Serena, Miami, Florida [Bryan's personal letterhead]; January 11, 1918. A letter from Bryan to A.J.A. Alexander concerning the question of dual government ownership and a note concerning the 18th Amendment, prohibiting alcoholic beverages, being ratified by Mississippi. He adds a holographic postscript along the left margin.
Condition: Usual mail folds and light creasing, otherwise very good.
My Dear Mr. Alexander,
Knowing your interest in public matters I am sending you extract from editorial on dual government ownership. The action of the President has put this question where it will be an issue as soon as the war is over. Acting on the theory that I may be appointed on the peace commission, am devoting this winter to study of the principal treaties and of European politics in the past century. With our united best wishes to you all, I am
Very truly yours, W. J. Bryan
Mississippi is first to ratify - had hoped Ky would be first.
William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925) was an American politician and diplomat. A populist Democrat from the State of Nebraska, where he moved as a young man, he ran for president of the United States in 1896, 1900, and in 1908, losing each time. Bryan moved from Nebraska to Florida in 1913. He served as President Woodrow Wilson's secretary of state from 1913 to 1915, resigning as Wilson moved toward war with Germany. He hoped to be a part of the peace delegation at the end of World War I, but was not asked by Wilson to participate. Bryan was an ardent advocate of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting alcoholic beverages in the U.S., which was ratified in 1919 and took effect in 1920.
John Aitcheson Alexander (1875-1929) was a physician and cattle breeder from Kentucky.
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