28th President of the United States WOODROW WILSON hand-signed White House letter dated February 8, 1915. Wilson signs in the midst of US neutrality during WWI, 3 months before the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. Wilson writes thanking Commissioner Newman for a stenographic report of the testimony in the matter of his citizenship.
Oliver Newman was later also an advisor to President Wilson, and is credited with introducing the modern Presidential press conference as well as one of the people who advised Wilson to give the State of the Union address to Congress in person for the first time since John Adams, thereby helping to create that tradition as well.
In 1913, Wilson had appointed Newman district commissioner. His appointment was controversial, however, as many argued that he did not meet the 3-year residency requirement since he was away covering the Wilson campaign for much of the prior year. We believe Wilson's letter here is in response to this matter.
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Condition issues noted, as shown, including staining, dirt and wear consistent with age and handling. Rust staining to upper left from paper clip. Wilson's signature has softened and feathered over time, as shown. Previous signs of mounting. As such, this autograph is priced accordingly.
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