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Album, Autograph


Album, Autograph
by Donald J. Detwiler
Paper, 1918
Overall measurement
      Height: 4.12 inches  (10.47 cm)
      Width:  6.75 inches  (17.14 cm)
      Depth: .5 inches  (1.27 cm)
Cat. no. 11.00010.000

In 1917, at the age of 14, Kansas native Donald J. Detwiler began his appointment as a Senate page under the patronage of Senator William H. Thompson. Detwiler served as a page for one year and during that time managed to collect over 115 autographs in this leather bound album. Among the signers are Senators Charles Curtis, James Hamilton Lewis, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Vice President Thomas R. Marshall. Detwiler also encountered the famous orator William Jennings Bryan when the former secretary of state and presidential candidate came to the Senate Marble Room to speak with a senator. The remaining signatures are primarily from senators of the 65th Congress. In his recollections, Detwiler describes how Edwin Halsey, the supervisor of the Democratic pages and himself a former Senate page, generally "discouraged" autograph hunting as a distraction to the "usefulness" of the uniformed pages. Halsey's signature appears on page 99.