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Item 50 - William H. Taft Catalog 583 (May 2020)

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Estimate: $400.00 +
Sold Price: $333.75 (includes buyer's premium)


Handsome vintage matte-finish 9.5 x 13.75 portrait of ChiefJustice Taft in his judicial robe by the Harris & Ewing Studio, signed and inscribed below in fountain pen as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, "For Arthur K. Reading, Attorney General of Massachusetts, with good wishes, Wm. H. Taft, Washington, Jan'y 19th, 1928." In very good to fine condition, with two creases in the borders.

Arthur Kenneth Reading (1887-1971) was a Massachusetts politician who served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1919 to 1922, as the District Attorney of Middlesex County from 1923 to 1926, and then as Massachusetts Attorney General from 1927-1928; Reading resigned as Attorney General after the state's House of Representatives voted to impeach him after he accepted $60,000 worth of bribes.

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