Lot #82
Warren G. Harding

A strong supporter of suffrage, Harding dines with the Maryland League of Women Voters
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A strong supporter of suffrage, Harding dines with the Maryland League of Women Voters

TLS as president, one page, 7 x 9, White House letterhead, December 7, 1921. Letter to William Broening, mayor of Baltimore. In full: “I want to gratefully acknowledge your courteous note of December 2nd in which you second the invitation to the dinner to be given by the Maryland League of Women Voters on next April 24th. I am grateful for the honor which the League does me in extending its invitation, and I am greatly pleased to have you second the invitation in your official capacity.” In fine condition, with a faint paperclip impression to top edge. Harding's support of women's suffrage while a member of the US Senate made him extremely popular with female voters, and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in August 1920 greatly helped him secure victory in the presidential election that year. It was undoubtedly to thank him for his tireless efforts that the Maryland League of Women Voters invited the president to dinner. Ironically, Maryland officials did not ratify the Nineteenth Amendment until 1941. A unique link between the success of the suffrage movement and one of the influential people who helped make it a reality. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #436 - Ended September 10, 2014

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