HAROLD L. ICKES
Typed Letter signed in 1944, complaining that newspapers are giving little
coverage to Democratic campaign speeches, including his.
TLS: "Harold L. Ickes" as FDR's Secretary of the Interior, 1
page, 7x9. Washington, 1944 October 24. To Alden S. Condict, 1 East
42nd Street, New York. In full: "I was very glad
to receive your congratulatory note of October 18, and to learn that you
considered the remarks that I made in Newark on October 16 effective. I am not
surprised to learn that you were unable to find the full address in any of the
newspapers that you saw, for the papers are almost without exception giving very
little space to the Democratic campaign speeches. A copy of my Newark address
has already been mailed to you under separate cover pursuant to your
request. [Item not included.] It was very generous of you to suggest that
you might send me an item for my stamp collection, and I appreciate your kind
thought." 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.
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