This attorney and Democratic politician served as Cleveland mayor (1912-15) but most importantly as President Woodrow Wilson's influential Secretary of War (1916-21) during the tumultuous World War One years. Item #40802
TNS, 1p, 8" X 10¼", Washington, DC, 30 April 1920. Addressed to Joseph Cummings Chase (1891-1954). Very good. Lightly age toned, with original folds. On "War Department" letterhead, Baker thanks this noted artist for "the copy of 'Soldiers All,' and keenly appreciate your kindness in sending it to me. It is a book which I shall treasure very highly and there will be many happy days when I shall refer to it and recall the friendships and stirring efforts of those whom you have so happily preserved for us...." Boldly signed with his usual diminutive signature. Chase had been commissioned by the A.E.F. to paint portraits of commanding generals and hero doughboys, and these were published in the 1920 book "Soldiers All: Portraits and Sketches of the Men of the A.E.F." (New York: George H. Doran Company).