This Indiana attorney and politician served his state in Congress from 1917 to 1925, then was appointed President Calvin Coolidge's personal secretary during his second term; Herbert Hoover appointed him chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1932, a post he filled until 1934. Item #40862
Brief TLS, 1p, 6¼" X 9¼", Washington, DC, 1925 December 12. Very good. Faintly age toned. On "The White House" letterhead, Sanders grants a favor to a former Illinois congressman: "I am enclosing [not present!] a letter which the President has addressed in his own hand to your friend, Mr. A.W. Hannah, of Chicago. You will appreciate how seldom the President is able to write letters of this kind, because of the time it would take. However, he was very glad to comply with Mr. Hannah's request, made through you. The letter is being sent unfolded, in case he should desire to have it framed...." Bold full signature in brown ink. Alexander W. Hannah was a Chicago businessman and well-known autograph collector of this period, and clearly took advantage of a friendship with an ex-representative to call in a favor. One wonders what it was that President Coolidge wrote out by hand! With original, unstamped White House envelope addressed to Hannah. Also accompanied by a superb glossy 8½" X 6½" black and white news agency photograph depicting Sanders and a half dozen men standing around the newly-planted gravestone of Calvin Coolidge. Original mimeographed paper label neatly affixed to verso titles this "In Memoriam -- Republican Leaders Pay Tribute to Coolidge" and dates it 3 August 1934, describing the scene: "Impressive ceremonies were held today... at the gravesite of President Calvin Coolidge, to mark the eleventh anniversary of his elevation to the presidency. In this photograph, a group of state and national Republican leaders are pictured placing a wreath on the grave of their late leader...." It then lists the senators and representatives pictured, among them "Everett Sanders, former Republican National Committee chairman, and secretary to President Coolidge, is placing the wreath...." A fine pair.