Passport No. 26352, United States of America, Philippine Islands. 32-page passport booklet in excellent condition. Issued to “William W. Herndon, Soldier, U. S. Army, traveling on official duty, U. S. Army. The bearer is accompanied by his wife, Madge Herndon.” Includes b/w photo of the couple, official embossed stamps, rubber stamps, and seals. Signed in hand by Dwight F. Davis as Governor-General of the Philippines (July 8, 1929 – January 9, 1932) under Herbert Hoover. “Given under my hand and the seal of the Philippine Islands at Manila, September 30, 1929.”
Dwight Filley Davis Sr. (1879 -1945) was an American tennis player and politician. Best remembered as the founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition. He was a member of the U.S. team that won the first two competitions in 1900 and 1902, serving as Captain of the 1900 team. Davis had been the runner-up at the U.S. Championships in 1898 and then won the men’s doubles title (with Holcombe Ward) in 1899, 1900, and 1901 and was a men’s doubles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1901. He participated in the 1904 Summer Olympics. He was eliminated in the second round of the singles tournament. He and his partner Ralph McKittrick lost in the quarter-finals in the doubles tournament. U.S. Philippines Island Booklet
Davis was the Assistant Secretary of War from 1923 to 1925 and Secretary of War from 1925 to 1929. U.S. Philippines Island Booklet
His daughter Alice Brooks Davis was married to the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Roger Makins. Another daughter, Cynthia Davis, was married to banker William McChesney Martin, Jr, the longest-serving Federal Reserve director (1951–1970) who served under five presidents (Truman to Nixon).
“Madge Herndon – Her home was at N357 Marita st., rt. 8, Spokane. She was survived by her husband, William W. Herndon, U. S. A. warrant officer at Geiger field; 4 sisters, Mrs. Alice Wood of Honolulu, Hawaii; 3 other sisters and one brother, all in England. Funeral Sat. March 14, at the Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, Inc., Jefferson st. at 4th ave. The Geiger field chaplain will officiate. Interment Ft. George Wright military post cemetery.” – Obituary in The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, March 13, 1942. U.S. Philippines Island Booklet
Davis was one of the last Governor-General in this post. US-Philippine Island passports have been issued by a Governors-General only from April 7, 1903, to November 14, 1935. This is, however, the first booklet I ever saw, and it comes in excellent condition. Passports of the United States of America – Commonwealth of the Philippines- were issued until 1946, when the Philippines became independent.