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James Speyer Decorated by Hungary with Order of Merit

December 23, 1928
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Hungarian Minister to U. S. Presents Award

Count Laszlo Szechenyi, Hungarian Minister to the United States, decorated James Speyer, head of the banking firm of Speyer and Company, with the Hungarian Order of Merit. The ceremony took place on Thursday at 12:30 at Mr. Speyer’s office.

The Order of Merit, second class, with star, was awarded Mr. Speyer in recognition of his work for the economic and cultural welfare of Hungary. Mr. Speyer was described as “one of the first to open the way for the realization by American financiers that the Hungarian government is a good investment. Responding, Mr. Speyer said he accepted the decoration only on behalf of his partner and company. John Dyneli Prince, American Minister to Jugoslavia, and George de Ghika, Royal Hungarian Consul General in New York, were present at the ceremony.

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