This folder contains correspondence and other documents concerning local and national politics. Included is a request from conservationist Gifford Pinchot, who was running for the U.S. Senate in 1914, for Edison to use his influence to persuade Henry Ford to endorse the principles of the Progressive Party. Also included is a letter from Amos R. E. Pinchot, who tried unsuccessfully to convince Edison to endorse his brother's candidacy. In addition there is a communication from Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, along with Edison's draft response, regarding a proposed bill to prevent the "dumping" of German manufactured goods into the United States.
Less than 5 percent of the documents have been selected. The unselected material consists primarily of unsolicited correspondence with no substantive reply from Edison. Courtesy of Thomas Edison National Historical Park.