TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, April 25, 1918. Letter to Lieut. Colonel E. Lester Jones, in full: "Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness in sending me the volume entitled, 'Safeguard the Gateways of Alaska.' You are right in thinking that I am deeply interested in the matter, and I shall value this discussion of it very much." In fine condition, with two file holes to the left side.
President Wilson authorized the construction of the Alaska Railroad in 1915, with Anchorage, incorporated as the state's capital five years later, serving as the railroad headquarters. Completion of the Alaska Railroad led to the first visit to Alaska by a U.S. President when Warren G. Harding visited Alaska to drive the ceremonial golden spike on July 15, 1923.
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