Gerard, James W.
Noted diplomat, popular Ambassador to Germany before US entry into WW I
Autograph ID: 2073
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1867-1951) NY lawyer and NY Supreme Court judge 1908-1913, Ambassador to Spain 1913, to Germany 1913-17. As Ambassador won universal acclaim for handling US and Allied interests as the only great power diplomatic representative in Germany in first 2 ½ years of WW I. After War was declared, became rabidly anti-German and proposed hanging German-Americans from lampposts! After US entered War, worked with Hoover for Belgian and French relief. After War advocated League of Nations, represented US at coronation of George VI in 1937. In WW II, active in Dutch, Chinese and Russian relief. Author.
ALS on 6 ¾ x 5 ½ black-bordered letterhead with engraved crest, (NYC, 1908) to R. Burnham Moffat, NYC. Gerard is thankful for Moffat’s nomination of Gerard and for pleasant things said of him. Moffat may count on Gerard if he is a candidate, Gerard not backing anyone else. With black-bordered hand-addressed envelope and ANS on small black-bordered “Mr. Justice Gerard” calling card asking Moffat to call Gerard, with light-pencilled 1908 date. 3 pieces.”