This American businessman was born to immigrant Scottish parents and worked his way up at the powerhouse Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (still one of the largest life insurance companies in the U.S.), starting in 1875 as a $3-per-week office boy and ending as president of the company -- a man of wealth, prestige and social standing. Item #44038
Group of seven (7) Typed Letters Signed, each 1p (but for one 2pp), 6" X 7¼" (lettersheet), New York NY, dates ranging from 28 April 1915 to 19 May 1915. Six addressed to Cornelius Vanderbilt (Cornelius Vanderbilt III, 1873-1942), one addressed to Commander H.L. Sawyer. Very good. All mildly age toned, with single corner chip to one letter. Wilson served as chairman of the Dinner Committee on the Mayor's Committee for the Entertainment of the United States Atlantic Fleet, of which Vanderbilt served as chairman, and in these half dozen letters he chats about personnel, meetings and plans. Someone, likely Vanderbilt himself, pencils an "X" on some of them, underlines a couple words, adds "no" alongside a suggestion. In one letter of 12 May 1915 to a Commander H.L. Sawyer -- presumably an Atlantic Fleet commander -- Wilson "accept[s] the invitation of the Secretary of the Navy [Josephus Daniels] to the Executive Committee of the Mayor's Committee to witness the review of the Fleet from the Dolphin...." All letters boldly signed in full. An intriguing batch.