Calvin Coolidge Typed Letter Signed as President – To NY Republican State Committee Chairman


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30th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Calvin Coolidge” AS PRESIDENT, September 1, 1926, The White House Washington stationery but sent from “Paul Smith’s, N.Y.”, to George K. Morris, the Chairman of the NY Republican State Committee, in full:

As you realize very well, I have not felt that it would be helpful to your local situation to send for men prominent in political activities here.  Of course I want to see Senator Wadsworth, and Mr. Snell lives in this district.  Mr. Koenig sent a request to call on me, but did not discuss any Republican activities.  You will recall that you and I had what was to me a very satisfactory conference last Spring.  I want you to know how much I appreciate the sacrifice that you are making in taking the State Chairmanship.

I received the message that you sent to me by the man that was here recently, which confirmed my own opinion that you would understand why I had not sent you any special request to come here before your State Convention. 

Marked “Personal” by Coolidge at top left.

Accompanied by original White House mailing envelope.

Mailing fold, else fine.

Paul Smith’s Hotel, formally known as the Saint Regis House, was founded in 1859 by Apollos (Paul) Smith in the town of Brighton, Franklin County, New York in what would become the village of Paul Smiths; it was one of the first wilderness resorts in Adirondacks. In its day it was the most fashionable of the many great Adirondack hotels, patronized by American presidents Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge, celebrities like P.T. Barnum, and the power elite of the latter half of the 19th century, such as E. H. Harriman and Whitelaw Reid. Smith died in 1912, but the hotel continued under his son, Phelps, until it burned down in 1930.

White Pine Camp, an Adirondack Great Camp on Osgood Pond near Paul Smiths served as Coolidge’s Summer White House from July 7 through September 18, 1926.