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Truman's Secretary of the Interior writes a letter to author Guy Lynn Sumner thanking him for sending a copy of his book Meet Abraham Lincoln.
Typed Letter signed: "Harold L. Ickes" as Truman's Secretary of the Interior, 1 page, 8x5¼. Washington, D.C. 1946 February 8. On letterhead of The Secretary of the Interior addressed to G. Lynn Sumner, New York, New York. In full: "Thank you for the copy of your book, MEET ABRAHAM LINCOLN, which has just come to my desk. I am looking forward to reading this with pleasure. I particularly appreciate your thoughtfulness in inscribing this copy to me. Sincerely yours," Harold L. Ickes (1874-1952), a Chicago journalist, lawyer and civic reformer, was local head of the NAACP. Originally a progressive Republican, he headed the Presidential campaign of Senator Hiram Johnson in 1924. Named by President Franklin Roosevelt as Secretary of the Interior, he served in that office throughout FDR's terms and into Truman's (1933-1946), the longest tenure of any Interior Secretary in history. In that office he oversaw much of the New Deal program. His son, Harold M. Ickes, also a veteran political activist, was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Clinton administration. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly mounting residue on verso. Signature lightly bled (legible). Fine condition.

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Born: March 15, 1874 in Frankstown, Pennsylvania
Died: February 3, 1952 in Washington, District of Columbia

Film Credits
1997 The Fifties (Other), 1959 Project XX (Other), 1939 World Leaders on Peace and Democracy (in person), 1939 Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (in person)

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