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For your consideration is this historical document, signed by California Governor, Hiram Johnson and Superintendent of Public Schools, Edw. Hyatt. It is a teacher's credential for C. Louise Douglas. The leather folio is embossed: CALIFORNIA LIFE DIPLOMA.

The exterior of the leather folio is in excellent condition for something that was made in 1916. The two snaps are functional. The red fabric liner shows considerable wear from years of viewing and storing, and the interior leather displays some blemishes. The actual document, which I believe is parchment paper, is in great condition, with all autographs/signatures highly legible.

The measurements are:

Folio: 8 5/8 inches by 5 5/8 inches
Document: 7 7/8 inches by 4 7/8
Open Folio: 13 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches

Wikipedia states, "In 1910 Johnson won the gubernatorial election as a member of the Lincoln-Roosevelt League, a liberal Republican movement running on an anti-Southern Pacific Railroad platform. He toured the state in an open automobile. In office, Johnson was a populist who implemented many important reforms. Among them was the popular election of U.S. Senators, which stripped away the sole franchise of the California State Legislature to vote for federal Senators. Johnson's administration also pushed for women's suffrage and the ability of candidates to register in more than one political party, a reform that he believed would cripple the influence of what he viewed as a monolithic political establishment. In 1911, Johnson and the Progressives added initiative, referendum, and recall to the state government, giving California a degree of direct democracy unmatched by any other U.S. state.

Johnson supported the California Alien Land Law of 1913.

Nationally, Johnson was a founder of the Progressive Party in 1912. That same year, he was the party's vice presidential candidate, sharing a ticket with former President Theodore Roosevelt; his selection helped Roosevelt to carry California by 0.2 percent of the votes. The Progressives finished second nationally ahead of the incumbent Republican, President William Howard Taft, but still lost the election to the Democrats and their candidate, Woodrow Wilson.
Johnson was re-elected governor of California in 1914."

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Antique 1916 Autograph California Governor Hiram Johnson // Life Diploma Historical Document // FREE Ship Jackpot Jen Vintage

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  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Style: Political History
  • Materials: leather, parchment, metal snaps, fabric, Historical document, Governor of California autograph, 1916 document, Education, Cal State Superintendent, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Ships from California, United States to select countries.
  • Feedback: 429 reviews
  • Favorited by: 302 people