Lot 54: William H. Taft

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-10-06 13:04:31

Lot 54: Set of three items: a TLS as president, signed "Wm. H. Taft," one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, October 15, 1910, in part: "I am very much interested in your letter of October 10th, in which you recommend Mr. Fisher to an existing vacancy on the Supreme Court. I should like to ask you what your opinion is of Mr. Fisher's judgment on questions of law. Is he a learned lawyer, and has he that sense of proportion, that calmness of consideration which distinguishes an earnest and enthusiastic advocate from a seasoned and judicially-minded practitioner, who comes under the Vermont designation of 'safe'?" with Taft adding "Personal" in the upper right corner in his own hand; and two ink signatures, "Wm. H. Taft," signed and inscribed on individual off-white cards, both approximately 4.75 x 2.75, dated January 3 and February 17, 1914. Slight foxing and trivial brushing to one signature, and scattered soiling and feathering to signature on the letter, otherwise overall fine condition. The recipient of the letter, John P. Wilson, was a prominent Chicago attorney who declined appointment to the Supreme Court offered by President William McKinley. "Mr. Fisher" is presumably Walter L. Fisher, another Chicago attorney and a mutual friend of Taft and Wilson, who, despite not earning a Supreme Court nomination, went on to serve as Taft's secretary of the interior from 1911 to 1913. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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