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TLS offering to lower his fee for a series of lectures
Typed Letter signed: "Earl Butz", 1 page, 8½x11 Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1982 January 6. On his letterhead as Dean Emeritus of Agriculture to Ben B. Franklin, Vice President, the Associated Clubs, Topeka, Kansas. In full: "I have received your letter of June 1 and the 1983-84 listing of speakers. You surely have an impressive array of programs. I am enclosing a couple copies of an updated resume. I don't know what fee you are quoting for me. As I recall, it used to be $2500 gross. I feel that's pretty steep for the great majority of your clubs. You may lower it to $1500 gross in specific cases if you feel a lower fee is warranted. With warm regards I am, Sincerely yours". Secretary of Agriculture under Presidents Nixon and Ford (1970-1976), Earl L. Butz (1909-2008) worked to dismantle decades of production controls, exhorting farmers to plant "fence row to fence row" to meet world food needs. He was forced to resign after it was disclosed he had told a racist joke in a private conversation. Butz had formerly served as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture from 1954-1957, when he resigned to become Dean of Agriculture at his alma mater, Purdue University. In 1981, Butz was found guilty of tax evasion and served 30 days in jail. As of 2011, Butz holds the record for the Cabinet member with the longest lifespan. Edges toned. Multiple mailing folds. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: July 3, 1909 in Albion, Indiana
Died: February 2, 2008 in Washington, District of Columbia

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