Warren G. Harding 1921 Typed Letter Signed as President – To Colonel Henry Watterson


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29th President.  Typed letter signed “Warren G. Harding” AS PRESIDENT, one page, 7×9, The White House Washington stationery, June 13, 1921 on White House letterhead. To Colonel Henry Watterson in Jefferstown, Kentucky, in full:

I am really disappointed that you can not accept that assignment, but I appreciate your reasons for declining.  Will you permit me to say, however, that I can not bring myself to accept quite literally the statement that you are wholly withdrawn from public activities?

With cordial good wishes, and with many thanks for the words of commendation and sympathy with which you close your letter, believe me

Accompanied by original mailing envelope.

Colonel Henry Watterson was a member of the Confederate Army who would later serve as a US Congressman and later a prominent newspaper editor.  He was an acquaintance and confidante of many Presidents.  He would die in December 1921, most likely the reason he declined the “assignment” that President Harding offered.