Book #79753
Item #79753 Typed Correspondence and Testimonials on Behalf of Tom Mooney, 1918-29. Manuscript, Thomas Mooney.
Typed Correspondence and Testimonials on Behalf of Tom Mooney, 1918-29
Typed Correspondence and Testimonials on Behalf of Tom Mooney, 1918-29

Typed Correspondence and Testimonials on Behalf of Tom Mooney, 1918-29

Testimonials on Behalf of a Wrongfully Convicted Bomber [Manuscript]. [Mooney, Thomas (1882-1942)]. [Typed Correspondence and Testimonials on Behalf of Tom Mooney]. California, c.1929? [10] ff. 11" x 8-1/2" typed sheets stapled together at upper left corner (5 copies of letters from Franklin A. Griffin, signed in type, 2 quotations from Griffin, 1 copy of letter from Duncan Matheson, 1 copy of letter from Charles Goff, 2 sheets of brief letters and statements from jurors). Moderate toning, horizontal fold line, small stain to lower right corner of first sheet, small chips to edge of final sheet without loss to text. $500. * Mooney was a labor leader and political activist framed as a murderer after an anarchist's bomb exploded during the San Francisco Preparedness Day parade in 1916. He was sentenced to death and a colleague, Warren Billings, to life imprisonment. Their case became a cause celebre among liberals, labor activists and defenders of civil liberties, among them Felix Frankfurter and Clarence Darrow. After 22 years of petitioning and publicity, they were released in 1939. Perhaps compiled during the drafting of a press release or fundraising document, these sheets collect letters and testimonials on behalf of Mooney, including letters to three governors of California written by Franklin A. Griffin, the trial judge in Mooney's original Superior Court case, two quotations from speeches given by Griffin, letters written to Mooney by San Francisco police captains for use in his pardon application, and testimonial from the jurors at Mooney's trial. The letters are dated individually from 1918-1929 and signed in type. We located a similar correspondence file (29 ff.) at UCLA.

Price: $500.00

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