Lot 317A: SIGNATURE & Sentiment On A 3 1/2 high X 5 inch wide Card Of PA Senator & 3 Time Cabinet Member Philander Knox

The Book Barn

April 26, 2018
Edgewater, FL, US

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Description: COLLECTIBLE SIGNATURE & Sentiment On A 3 1/2 high X 5 inch wide Card Of Pennsylvania Senator & 3 Time Cabinet Member Philander Knox. Approximately 3 1/2 inch high by 5 inch wide card signed by Pennsylvania Senator & Three Time Cabinet Member Philander Chase Knox. Boldly signed in ink: "WITH SINCERE GOOD WISHES OF/PHILANDER CH KNOX/MARCH 23RD 1911"

"Philander Chase Knox (1853-1921) was an American lawyer, bank director and Politician who served as U.S Attorney General (1901–1904), a Senator from Pennsylvania (1904–1909, 1917–1921) and Secretary Of State (1909–1913). He served in the Cabinet under three presidents. Knox was a member of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club, which had a clubhouse upriver of Johnstown, PA. It maintained an earthen dam for a lake by the club, which was stocked for fishing. When the dam failed in May 1889, causing the Johnstown flood and severe losses of life and property downriver. As Secretary of State, he reorganized the Department on a divisional basis, extended the merit system, pursued a policy of encouraging and protecting American investments abroad, declared the ratification of the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution, and accomplished the settlement of controversies related to activities in the Bering Sea North Atlantic fisheries. Under Taft the focus of foreign policy was the encouragement and protection of U.S. investments abroad called Dollar diplomacy. Knox felt that not only was the goal of diplomacy to improve financial opportunities, but also to use private capital to further U.S. interests overseas. In spite of successes, "dollar diplomacy" failed to counteract economic instability and the tide of revolution in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and China. At the end of WWI the feud between Henry Cabot Lodge & Woodrow Wilson, the leaders of their respective parties, meant that the Treaty Of Versailles that ended WWI was not signed by the US. So technically the US & Germany were still at war in 1921. In April 1921 Knox introduced a Senate resolution to bring a formal end to American involvement in WWI. It was combined with a similar House resolution to create the Knox-Porter Resolution, which was signed by President Harding formally bringing peace between the US & Germany. Knox had always been highly critical of the Treaty Or Versailles. He was prescient in declaring "this Treaty does not spell peace but war — war more woeful and devastating than the one we have but now closed."

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