This Indiana attorney and politician served as that state's democratic 34th governor (1933-37) before being named High Commissioner to the Philippines (1937-39 and 1945-46) and then first U.S. ambassador to that newly-independent nation (1946-47); he was briefly considered a serious presidential contender in 1940. Item #40728
Signed original typescript, 7pp, 8" X 10½", Cleveland, OH, 30 July 1939. Very good. Faint age toning and two faint horizontal folds; staple hole at upper left (well away from text); lacks page 5 (of 8). Titled "Address by Hon. Paul V. McNutt / International Peace Day, World's Poultry Congress / Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday, July 30, 1939," this double-spaced typescript contains McNutt's thoughts on the United State's pre-Pearl Harbor Day semi-isolationist attitudes towards peacekeeping in those tumultuous days. In part: "The United States is not responsible for international settlements outside the New World; and even less for the methods by which any nation chooses to govern itself. We do have an interest, however, first, that other countries shall not attempt to force their political doctrines on us; second, that in solving their difficulties they do not precipitate the world into a war, which necessarily will affect the United States economically, if indeed we can avoid being embroiled in actual military conflict...." McNutt signs boldly and in full in black ink at the conclusion. Accompanied by a superb 9" X 7" black and white glossy news agency photograph (International News Photos) depicting McNutt at a formal banquet. Original mimeographed paper label affixed to verso captions this image "Xmas Party, Manila, 1938" and describes it as "President Eisenhower, who was Gen. Douglas MacArthur's chief of staff in the Philippines from 1935-40, is shown at a Christmas party in 1938 with other American dignitaries... General, then Major, Eisenhower, Mrs. MacArthur, Paul McNutt, High Commissioner of the Islands; Mrs. Eisenhower and Gen. MacArthur, military advisor on the islands." Great image (published here in 1955) showing McNutt as he appeared around the time he delivered this typescript speech. Most unusual in this format -- whether this is the actual typescript from which McNutt read this speech is not known, but it is an actual typescript and not a mimeographed copy for press distribution.