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Eisenhower's Secretary of Labor thanks a New York man for sending a card with Durkin's name written in Old English.
Typed Letter signed: "Martin P. Durkin" as Secretary of Labor, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, 1953 June 3. On letterhead of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Secretary addressed to Mr. Leo J. Sylvor, New York, New York. In full: "Dear Mr. Sylver: I have received your recent letter, in which you enclosed a card with my name engrossed in the "Old English" text. Thank you very much for this token of esteem. It is a pleasure to autograph a photograph for your interesting collection. I am very glad to send one to you [not included]. Sincerely yours," In 1953, President Eisenhower chose Durkin, a Democrat, for Secretary of Labor in a Cabinet characterized as "Nine Millionaires and a Plumber." Durkin had hoped that Eisenhower would revise the Taft-Hartley Act, but was disappointed. He resigned after fewer than 8 months in office, the shortest tenure of any Secretary of Labor. Lightly creased. Fine condition.

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Born: March 18, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois
Died: November 13, 1955 in Washington District of Columbia

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