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Praises Coolidge for the Boston Police Strike
.Taft, William H.

Signed letter gushing with excitement about Coolidge’s re-election as Governor following the famous Boston City Police strike. In September of 1919 Boston police tried to form a union. When denied union recognition the police voted to strike. Public opinion turned on the police and they sought to end their strike but continue pressing for union recognition. Governor Coolidge essentially refused an olive branch that left the door open to forming a union. Coolidge immediately rose to national prominence by crushing the strike and pronouncing the “There is no right to strike against the public safety, anywhere, anytime.” This set him up for the Vice Presidential nomination the following year.

On Nov. 5th, 1919, the day after the election Taft writes to former Mass. Congressman Charles Washburn: “I cannot remember an election-certainly not a state election- in which there was more at stake than there was yesterday….It will stiffen the backs of all wobblers, of whom there are many, in the offices of Governor and Mayor and Sheriff. It will make them know that the votes are on the side of law and order and the suppression of lawlessness. It will discourage strikes, except when proper, because the impending strikers will know that they cannot succeed except through violence and that violence will be suppressed.” The letter is 1 pages with some pencil notations and some glue remnants in two corners.