Chicago newspaper editor-publisher, 1936 GOP VP candidate, Navy Secretary 1940-44 (FDR)
Autograph ID: 7144
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1874-1944) American politician, newspaper editor and publisher, 1936 GOP VP candidate, Secretary of the Navy (FDR) 1940-44). He was mentioned by name in Hitler’s Dec. 11, 1944 speech in which Hitler asked for a declaration of war against the US. Born in Boston, he attended Alma College and served with the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War, incl. San Juan Hill. After the war, he became a Grand Rapids, Michigan newspaper editor and a prominent Republican Party supporter. He advocated U.S. entrance into WW I and was an artillery officer in France. In 1930, Knox became publisher and part owner of the Chicago Daily News. The Republican Party convention nominated a ticket of Alf Landon for President and Knox for VP, and they were overwhelmingly defeated by Roosevelt and John Nance Garner in the 1936 election. After WW II broke out, Knox supported aid to the Allies. In 1940, FDR appointed him as Navy Secretary in hopes of building bipartisan support. He presided over a naval buildup and pushed for the internment of Japanese-Americans, serving until his death in 1944.
Autograph Sentiment (“with all best wishes”) Signed on 3 x 5 card. With 11 x 8 ½ secretarial transmittal letter on Chicago Daily News letterhead, March 2, 1936.”
Type: Signed Card