Collection of five documents, four letters and a commission, each signed by a different former United States President. Unless otherwise noted, all of the letters are brief and of a personal nature, with no political content. 1)
One-page typed letter, dated September 1, 1911, on State of New Jersey Executive Department letterhead, signed in black fountain pen (grading "9") by Woodrow Wilson, twenty-eighth President of the United States. Wilson was Governor of New Jersey at the time of this letter, which was written to the "Honorable John E. Davis" of Mesquite, Texas. A lengthy blue-ink notation, written by Davis' son, appears along the base of the letter and reads "I think I must have met Woodrow Wilson, who wrote this letter to my father. No, I recall it was Abe Lincoln I met." 7.75 x 9.75 inches. Gd-Vg, with edge tears and partially mounted onto an album page. Accompanied by a full LOA from PSA/DNA. 2)
One-page typed letter, dated February 14, 1912, on "The White House" letterhead, signed in black fountain pen ("5") by William Taft, twenty-seventh President of the United States. Written to "Colonel Austen Colgate" of Jersey City, New Jersey. 7 x 9 inches. Ex-Mt, with a horizontal mailing fold. Accompanied by a full LOA from PSA/DNA. 3)
New York State commission, dated July 8, 1929, signed in black fountain pen ("9") by Franklin D. Roosevelt, thirty-second President of the United States. The document appoints Walter Charles Kolish to the position of "First Lieutenant Coast Artillery Corps New York National Guard." Also signed by the New York State Adjutant General. 8 x 12 inches. Complete with its original gold seal. Vg-Ex, with a few moderate creases. Accompanied by a full LOA from PSA/DNA. 4)
One-page typed letter, dated April 4, 1930, on his personal letterhead, signed in black fountain pen ("7/8") by Calvin Coolidge, thirtieth President of the United States. Written to "Mr. George Horace Loramer" of the Saturday Evening Post
. The notation "Personal" is written in black ink in the left margin. Coolidge had just concluded his second and last term as President at the time of this letter. He died just three years later on January 5, 1933. 8.5 x 11 inches. Vg, with heavy foxing/age toning. 5) One-page typed letter, dated January 12, 1966, on his personal letterhead, signed in black ink ("10") by Harry Truman, thirty-third President of the United States. Written to "Dennis Gokey" of Clark, New Jersey. 7.25 x 10.5 inches. There is a black photo corner affixed to the bottom portion of the letter; otherwise Ex, with moderate corner wear. Total: 5 signed documents (4 letters and a commission). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.
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