As Secretary of Labor, she congratulates veteran diplomat Joseph Grew
on his appointment as Under Secretary of State.
Typed Letter signed: "Frances C. Perkins" as Secretary of
Labor, 1 page, 7x10. Washington, D.C., 1944 December 6. On official
letterhead to Joseph Grew, Under Secretary of State, Washington, D.C. In
full: "May I offer you my congratulations on your appointment as Under
Secretary of State and say that we in the Department of Labor shall be very glad
indeed in any possible way. With best wishes, Sincerely yours". Frances
Perkins (1880-1965) was the first woman Cabinet member. She was President
Franklin D. Roosevelt's only Secretary of Labor serving from March 4,
1933 to May 1945, when she retired from President Truman's Cabinet. While in
FDR's Cabinet, she was Chairman of the President's Committee on Economic
Security. This committee's report formed the basis for the Social Security Act
passed in 1935. In 1946, President Truman appointed her to the U.S. Civil
Service Commission, where she served until Truman left office in 1953.
Joseph Grew, a career diplomat, had been US Ambassador to Japan from
1932 until the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event Grew had specifically warned
against in January 1941. Interned in Japan, he was exchanged for Japanese
diplomats held by the US. Multiple mailing folds. Fine
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