Washington DC: The White House, May 3, 1912. 5.5" x 9" Bi-folded on The White House Washington stationary. Type in blue and signed by Charles D. Hills directed to Rev. Dr. John Wesley Hill. 25 word annotation directly by the President giving assurances to the recipient. Usual mailing folds with the early signs of edge fade. The presidents ink, which smudges on the first line bleeds through to verso and slightly on recto of rear half.
William Howard Taft (Sep 15, 1857 – Mar 8, 1930) served as the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft to be chief justice, a position in which he served until a month before his death.
Charles Dewey Hilles (Jun 23, 1867 – Aug 27, 1949) was a politician from the U. S. state of New York. He was Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury in 1909, but resigned in 1911 to become private secretary to U. S. President William H. Taft where he served until 1912. He then served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1912-16. He was a New York delegate to the Republican National Convention's of 1916, 1920, 1924, 1928, 1932 and 1940. In 1933 he was a delegate to the New York convention to ratify the 21st Amendment which ended prohibition.
John Wesley Hill (May 8, 1863 - Oct 12, 1936) was the chancellor of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee from 1916 to 1936. He also held the Position of the International Peace Conference and member of the World Court League. Taft admired his oratory and drive to create the National Park System.
Clarence D. Laylin was the Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Near fine. Item #1025
"I agree with you doctor that we ought to use all the material we can get. I'll see Laylin on Monday and have your letter with me. WTaft"