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    Warren G. Harding Typed Letter Signed as president on White House letterhead. One page, 7" x 9", March 1, 1923, Washington, to Senator Selden P. Spencer of Missouri. In this letter, Harding explains why he has not nominated a federal judge in the Eastern District of Missouri. In part: "I think you must have understood that I have failed thus far to send in a nomination for a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of Missouri, because I have not been able to convince myself that I should nominate the candidate whom you so earnestly urge for that position. There is a violent protest from many sources against the nomination of Judge Garesche. The Attorney General has notified me that he finds himself unable to recommend the nomination. I think you can understand how reluctant I am to nominate without the recommendation of the head of the Department of Justice. Moreover, I am exceedingly reluctant to nominate when there is so much of opposition voiced against your candidate. It does not seem to be good politics to ride in the face of a storm of protests when it is manifestly easy to select an outstanding man for the place who may be found acceptable to all elements. I fully appreciate your loyalty to a friend. I have had the same feeling and maintained the same attitude myself on numerous occasions." President Harding closes by assuring Senator Spencer, "I shall make no nomination until I have further consulted with you." President Harding signed this letter only five months before his untimely death. Selden Spencer served as a U.S. senator from 1918 until his death in 1925. Toned with nice presidential signature; fine.

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    October, 2009
    16th-17th Friday-Saturday
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