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LEWIS B. SCHWELLENBACH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/06/1946 - DOCUMENT 291628

 
LEWIS B. SCHWELLENBACH
Truman's Secretary of Labor writes to author Guy Lynn Sumner thanking him for sending an inscribed copy of his book "Meet Abraham Lincoln".
Typed Letter signed: "L. B. Schwellenbach" as Truman's Secretary of Labor, 1 page, 7x10. Washington, 1946 February 6. On letterhead of The Secretary of Labor addressed to Mr. G. Lynn Sumner, New York, New York. In full: "I deeply appreciate your thought-fulness in sending me a personally-inscribed copy of your book, "Meet Abraham Lincoln". I am much interested in this and am looking forward to an early opportunity of reading it." Lewis Baxter Schwellenbach (1894-1948) a Seattle lawyer with close ties to the labor movement was elected to the US Senate as Democrat in 1934. A staunch supporter of the New Deal, he was appointed a federal district judge by FDR in 1940. Earlier that year, he had been one of the few nationally prominent Democrats to campaign for Harry Truman in a tough primary fight for re-nomination to the Senate. When Truman became President, he picked Schwellenbach for Secretary of Labor, a tough job in an era when pent-up wage demands after World War II triggered a wave of strikes, and when the Republican Congress passed the Taft-Hartley labor legislation over President Truman's veto. Schwellenbach served until his death. Multiple mailing folds. Mounting residue at top corners on verso (light show through). Fine condition.


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LEWIS B. SCHWELLENBACH
Born: September 20, 1894 in Superior, Wisconsin
Died: June 10, 1948 in Washington, District of Columbia





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