Owen, Ruth Bryan

1935 TLS while Ambassador to Denmark (1st woman US ambassador), invitation to composer Charles Wakefield Cadman

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(1885-1954) Daughter of Wm. Jennings Bryan, in 1929 became Florida’s (and the South's) 1st Congresswoman. 1st woman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and, in 1933, 1st woman appointed a US Ambassador. Served as a nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment in the Egypt-Palestine campaign 1915-18, an administrator at the University of Miami 1925-28. She lost the 1926 Democratic nomination for Florida's 4th Congressional District by less than 800 votes. She ran again in 1928 and was elected, serving 1929-33. She was defeated for re-nomination in 1932 by a candidate advocating repeal of the unpopular 18th Amendment. President Roosevelt appointed her Ambassador to Denmark, serving 1933-36. When she married a Danish Captain of the King's Guard, this gave her dual citizenship so she resigned her post in September. She was a delegate to the San Francisco Conference which established the United Nations after WW II. In 1948, President Truman named her an alternate delegate to the UN General Assembly. She wrote: “Elements of Public Speaking” (1931); “Leaves from a Greenland Diary” (1935); “Denmark Caravan” (1936); “Picture Tales from Scandinavia” (1939); “The Castle in the Silver Wood and Other Scandinavian Fairy Tales” (1939); “Look Forward, Warrior” (1942); and, “Caribbean Caravel” (1949). TLS while US Ambassador to Denmark on 10 ½ x 8 embossed “Legation of the United States of America” and embossed seal at top, Copenhagen (Denmark), May 28 1935, to composer charles Wakefield Cadman, Grand Hotel, Oslo, Normandy. Ambassador Owen thanks Cadman for his kind letter, is glad to learn he will be soon visiting Copenhagen, invites him to help celebrate 1st birthday of the American Women’s club in Denmark on June 5 which she began. While she realizes that his trip is partly professional and part holiday, it would be a pleasure to have him as the Honor Guest at the Club’s 1st birthday, and if the luncheon does not suit his plans or convenience, she will look forward to welcoming him at the Legation upon his arrival. Charles Wakefield Cadman (1881-1946) American composer, greatly influenced by American Indian music, traveled to Nebraska to make cylinder recordings of tribal melodies for the Smithsonian. He lived with the Omaha & Winnebago tribes, learned to play their instruments and mold their music into 19th century romantic music. Success came when soprano Lillian Nordica sang his “From the Land of Sky Blue Waters”. Another Indian song well-known in the 20's was “At Dawning”. He moved to Los Angeles and helped found, and often was a soloist with, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He wrote scores for films (“The Sky Hawk”, “Captain of the Guard”, “Women Everywhere”, “Harmony at Home”, etc.), and, with Dmitri Tiomkin, was considered one of Hollywood’s top composers. He wrote for nearly every genre, chamber works considered among his best. There, he introduced elements of Ragtime into classical music anticipating Gershwin, Stravinsky, Milhaud, etc. He also wrote operas, operettas, vocal and orchestral works. He was a featured Bowl soloist 7 times in his career, and entire evenings were declared "Cadman Nights" during the 1922, 1923, & 1924 seasons. He was the only member to resign from the American Music Committee of the Berlin Olympic Games Festival, declaring the Nazi regime "repugnant."

Condition: Very good, two mail folds, small carefully repaired fold start, minor handling wear
Type:Letter






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