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Buying and selling American Historical Autographs, Documents, Letters and Manuscripts.  Specializing in U.S. Presidents & First Ladies, along with Revolutionary War, Civil War, Black History, Business, and the Arts & Sciences.  Quality consignments are accepted.

                                                                                                                       

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OLCOTT, BEN W. (1872-1952)  Governor of Oregon – 1919-1923; Oregon Secretary of State – 1911-1920
OLCOTT, BEN W. (1872-1952) Governor of Oregon – 1919-1923; Oregon Secretary of State – 1911-1920

Assuring his defeat in the upcoming election, Oregon Governor Ben Olcott denounces the Ku Klux Klan

Typed Letter Signed, on official 6 ¾” x 9” stationery as Oregon governor. In this excellent communication, Olcott expresses thanks to “Mr. Binger Hermann, Roseburg, Oregon,” for sending a newspaper containing an article written by Hermann. Governor Olcott concurs in Hermann’s denouncement of the Ku Klux Klan, at the time an ascending, openly acknowledged presence in the politics of the state.


“State of Oregon, Executive Department, Salem. September 20, 1922. My Dear Mr. Hermann: I am in receipt of copy of the Coquille paper containing a most interesting article from your pen and which I have read with great interest. I appreciate your remembering me in this connection. I have not forgotten the fine letter you wrote me several months ago in connection with the proclamation issued by this office against the activities of the nefarious and odious Ku Klux Klan organization. It was a master piece and I took the liberty of reading it to several of my close friends also of yours. In the hundreds of communications I have received on this subject none exceeded or even equaled yours. With assurance of high respect and all good wishes, I remain Sincerely yours, Ben W. Olcott, Governor.”


As secretary of state, Olcott assumed office after the death of Oregon Governor James Withycombe on March 3, 1919. Refusing the support of the Klan, Olcott won the Republican nomination for governor, but was defeated in the 1922 general election – just weeks after the steadfast disgust affirmed in this letter - by Klan-backed state Senator Walter M. Pierce.

The letter is lightly and evenly toned, with a center horizontal fold and scattered minor staining.

$250.00
HORNER, HENRY (1878-1940)
HORNER, HENRY (1878-1940)

First Jewish Governor of Illinois – 1933-40 – Died in Office

Noted collector of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia, his collection was bequeathed to the people of Illinois, and now resides at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois

A noted Lincoln collector writes to a colleague

Typed Letter Signed, on imprinted 8 ¼” x 10 ½” stationery as Illinois Governor, to fellow Lincoln authority Emanuel Hertz, also Jewish, the brother of Chief Rabbi J.H. Hertz of England.


“August 9, 1937. Honorable Emanuel Hertz, 141 Broadway, Borough of Manhattan, New York City, N.Y. Dear Emanuel: This acknowledges your letter of August sixth. I surely would like to see the photostats you mention. When you are out this way you can give me a ring and I shall be glad to talk to you about them or you can let me look at them by mailing them to me. I hope you are well and have the best of good luck. Sincerely, Henry Horner.”


The letter has heavier, somewhat irregular toning at the upper right edge, and there are two horizontal folds.

$60.00
Sale! $47.50
GETTY, JEAN PAUL (1892-1976)  British-American Industrialist – Founder of the Getty Oil Company
GETTY, JEAN PAUL (1892-1976) British-American Industrialist – Founder of the Getty Oil Company

Document Signed, 8 ¼” x 11”, partly printed, July 15, 1922, “J. Paul Getty,” a stock certificate for one thousand shares of the Oklahoma Oil Company, issued to “G.W. Woolley.” Countersigned by the company secretary.

The document is lightly toned, with a few small stains and light cancellation markings.

$1,700.00