Daniels, Josephus

1915 TLS as Wilson’s Navy Secretary regarding tickets for the launching of the historic battleship, USS Arizona

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(1862-1948) Progressive Democrat and North Carolina journalist & editor, controlled the Raleigh News and Aboserver for decades. A Secretary of the Navy 1913-21 (Wilson), He was a close friend of his Assistant Navy Secretary Franklin D. Roosevelt, and became FDR’s Ambassador to Mexico 1933-41. He was a champion of white supremacy in the late 19th-early 20th centuries, highly influential in the legislature's 1900 passage of a suffrage amendment that effectively disenfranchised Blacks from the political system for decades until the late 20th century. He did support public schools and public works, and called for more regulation of trusts and railroads. He supported prohibition and women’s suffrage, and used his newspapers to support the regular Democratic Party ticket. He was a powerful supporter of the KKK but was never a member. As Navy Secretary, Daniels handled policy and formalities in WW I while top aide FDR handled major wartime decisions. 10 ½ x 8 TLS as Secretary of the Navy on official letterhead, Washington, June 9 1915, to R. Sherman Camp, New York City, who had apparently sought to attend the launching of the USS Arizona a week after the date of Daniels’ letter. Secretary Daniels informs him that the Commandant of the New York Navy Yard has charge of distributing tickets for her launching on the 19th, and Camp should communicate with him to secure a ticket to witness this launching. USS Arizona was ordered March 1, 1913, built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard at a cost of $16M. She was laid down March 16, 1914, launched June 19, 1915, and commissioned October 17, 1916; she was decommissioned December 12, 1941. She was a “Pennsylvania”-class battleship named in honor of Arizona’s recent admission into the union, 2nd and last of the “super-dreadnought” battleships. Although commissioned in 1916, she remained stateside during WW I. Shortly after the end of the War, Arizona was one of several US ships that escorted President Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. She went to Turkey in 1919 at the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War to represent US interests for several months. Several years later, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet. Aside from a 1929-31 comprehensive modernization, Arizona was regularly used for training exercises between the wars. In April 1940, she and the rest of the Pacific Fleet transferred from California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to deter Japanese imperialism. During Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Arizona was bombed. After a bomb detonated in a powder magazine, she exploded violently and sank with the loss of 1,177 officers and crewmen. Unlike many of the other ships sunk or damaged that day, Arizona was irreparably damaged by the force of the magazine explosion. The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated 30 May 1962 to all those who died during the attack, straddles her hull. After the attack, several sailors received medals for their conduct and actions under fire: Lt. Cmdr. Samuel G. Fuqua earned the Medal of Honor and posthumous awards of the Medal of Honor went to RADM Isaac C. Kidd, 1st flag officer killed in the Pacific War, and Capt. Franklin Van Valkenburgh. Arizona was awarded a battle star for her service. A GREAT piece of US Navy history!

Condition: Very good, 2 file holes top center, mail folds, pencil docket top left
Type:Letter






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