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Griswold, F. Gray; The Horse and Buggy Days; LIMITED EDITION, SIGNED, ASSOCIATION COPY;
[1936, n.p., (Privately Printed), first edition, first printing] 8vo; Illust; 161pp; TEG, Limited edition, 150 copies; Presentation copy SIGNED by author. Presented to Grayson M.P. Murphy (1878-1937). Printed by Plimpton Press, Norwood, MA. Tales of London, Paris and New York, along with yachting, the America’s Cup, horse racing, club life. Includes a substantial chapter on "The Greased Line Fisherman" comprising letters from the late A. H. E. Wood. ”Grayson Mallet-Prevost Murphy ran a leading New York brokerage trading in stocks and international bonds. [Murphy was a senior vice president of Guaranty Trust Company. He was also founder and head of G.M.-P. Murphy & Co. He served on the boards of directors of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company, Guaranty Trust Company, New York Trust Company, Bethlehem Steel, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, New York Railways, Fifth Avenue Coach Co., and Chicago Motor Coach Co.] On J.P. Morgan’s “preferred client list,” he was a director of Morgan’s Guaranty Trust bank and several Morgan-connected corporations. He and his banking house played an important role in syndicating Morgan loans to fascist Italy, for which he was decorated by Mussolini. [He received the gold “Order of the Crown of Italy,” Commander class.] As early as 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt selected him for secret assignments, including planning U.S. military interventions in the Americas. After WWI, Murphy headed the American Red Cross in Europe, which he used to develop a network of informants and operatives in European governments. In 1919, Murphy was one of 20 elite U.S. officers who met in Paris with the guidance of J.P. Morgan & Co. operatives to found the American Legion. Murphy personally underwrote that operation to the tune of $125,000, and solicited additional funds from allies of Morgan in the industrial and financial community. In the 1920s, he made several ‘fact-finding’ trips to Europe with “Wild Bill” Donovan who was later appointed director of the Office of Strategic Services.” The American Almanac, July 4, 1994. He was a director of the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, the first group created to fight Prohibition. He later became the first treasurer of the American Liberty League. Murphy was also implicated in the 'Business Plot’ or ‘Wall Street Putsch,' an alleged political conspiracy in 1933 in the United States to create a fascist veterans' organization and use it in a coup d'état to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt. some penciled marks on certain paragraphs, also a penciled note on page 21 that Griswolds trip to London was 1881-1882, not 1882-1883. spine sunned o/w Fine.
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