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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: VICE PRESIDENT ALBEN W. BARKLEY, CHARLES SAWYER, MAURICE J. TOBIN, DEAN ACHESON, JOHN W. SNYDER, JAMES FORRESTAL, JULIUS A. KRUG, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TOM C. CLARK, CHARLES F. BRANNAN, JESSE M. DONALDSON - DOCUMENT 291589

 
HARRY TRUMAN and CABINET
Official 14x10½ Cabinet Photo, taken two weeks after the Inauguration for his (unexpected) full term, signed by the President himself, by Vice President Barkley, and by all nine members of the Cabinet. Attorney General Clark would soon become a Supreme Court Justice. This is one of the last photos of Defense Secretary Forrestal, sacked by Truman 6 weeks later and dead under suspicious circumstances within 3 months.
Photograph signed: "Harry Truman" as President, "Alben W. Barkley" as Vice President, "Dean Acheson" as Secretary of State, "James Forrestal" as Secretary of Defense, "Tom C. Clark" as Attorney General, "John W. Snyder" as Secretary of the Treasury, "Charles F. Brannan" as Secretary of Agriculture, "J. M. Donaldson" as Postmaster General, "Charles Sawyer" as Secretary of Commerce, "Maurice J. Tobin" as Secretary of Labor, and "J. A. Krug" as Secretary of the Interior. In all eleven signatures, a complete roster of the Cabinet. B/w, 14x10½ overall, image 13x8½ with typed caption affixed to lower portion of image (2 surfaces). Harris & Ewing captioned photo, dated February 11, 1949, signed by each official above his printed name above his office designation. HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884-1972), a WWI veteran, one-time haberdasher, former U.S. Senator from Missouri (1935-1945), had been elected Vice President for the fourth term of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, and he assumed the presidency in April 1945, following the sudden death of FDR. During his first term, Truman ordered the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 1945), forcing a Japanese surrender and the end of WWII (1939-1945), announced his Fair Deal domestic program (September 1945) and issued the Truman Doctrine (March 1947), which guaranteed aid to any nation resisting Communist aggression. Following his stunning 1948 defeat of Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey (enabling him to pose here with his Cabinet three months later), Truman oversaw the foundation of NATO (April 1949) and sent troops to South Korea to repel the North Korean invasion (June 1950). After leaving the White House, Truman returned to Missouri, where he wrote his memoirs and was actively involved in the creation of the Truman Library. Kentuckian ALBEN W. BARKLEY (1877-1956), the oldest U.S. Vice President (age 75 when he left the office in 1953), was Democratic leader of the Senate from 1937 until his inauguration as Truman's Vice President in 1949. When Truman declined to run for reelection in 1952, Barkley sought the Democratic presidential nomination and finished fourth on the third ballot that nominated Adlai E. Stevenson. This was the last major party convention not to nominate a candidate on the first ballot. He returned to the Senate in 1955, dying in 1956. DEAN ACHESON (1893-1971) was appointed Assistant Secretary of State by President Roosevelt in 1933, but resigned that same year due to differences with FDR's foreign economic policy. Brought back in 1941 as Under Secretary, he served through World War II and helped forge the postwar Bretton Woods system for the world economy. As Secretary of State (1949-1953) in the Truman administration, he was a key architect of the containment policy, devised to curb the expansion of the Soviet Union and of communism without resort to war. As one of the "Wise Men," informal senior advisors, he advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon (a former foe). Acheson received a Pulitzer Prize in History (1970) for his memoir Present at the Creation. Special Assistant in the Justice Department (1937-1943) and Assistant Attorney General (1943-1945) under FDR, TOM C. CLARK (1899-1977) was appointed Attorney General by Truman in 1945 and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1949. When his son Ramsey was appointed Attorney General by LBJ in 1967, Tom C. Clark resigned as Associate Justice to avoid any possible conflict of interest. JAMES FORRESTAL (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy from 1944, became the first Secretary of Defense in 1947. Forrestal helped implement Truman's policy of integrating the armed forces, but clashed with the President over budget cuts. Forrestal met privately with Republican Presidential candidate Dewey, who intended to retain Forrestal in office. Truman summarily dismissed Forrestal on March 31, 1949. Suffering from what may have been nervous exhaustion, Forrestal was hospitalized on April 2. On May 22, Forrestal fell, leaped (or was pushed) to his death from a window at the National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Although suicide remains the most likely cause of death, conspiracy theorists have a field day with this sequence of events. JOHN W. SNYDER (1895-1985) served the US government as National Bank Receiver, Federal Loan Administrator, and Director of War Mobilization and Reconversion. In 1946, President Truman, who had served with Snyder in World War I, named him Secretary of the Treasury, a post he held until 1953. CHARLES F. BRANNAN (1903-1992) was Truman's only Secretary of Agriculture (1945-1953). His Brannan Plan would have guaranteed farmers a minimum income while allowing the free market to determine the price of agricultural commodities. (The proposal died in a Republican-controlled Congress.) Brannan was general counsel to the National Farmer's Union (1953-1990). He was the last surviving member of Truman's Cabinet. JESSE M. DONALDSON (1885-1970) served as Truman's Postmaster General from 1947-1953. Until the creation of the US Postal Service as an independent agency, the position of Postmaster General was politically important to any President, with post office jobs a major source of patronage. CHARLES W. SAWYER (1887-1979), a former Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, was Secretary of Commerce (1948-1953). He implemented Truman's controversial seizure of the strike-threatened steel industry on grounds of military necessity (supplying US forces in the Korean War). MAURICE J. TOBIN (1901-1953), a former Mayor of Boston and Governor of Massachusetts, was Truman's Secretary of Labor from 1948 to 1953. Today commuters pay $3.00 each time they enter Boston via the Tobin Bridge. JULIUS A. KRUG (1907-1970) was chief power engineer of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and head of the War Production Board during World War II. As Truman's Secretary of the Interior, he conducted the unsuccessful negotiations to end a nationwide strike by the United Mine Workers. A fine, historic image of the recently re-elected President. "A" of Alben extends off the left edge. Very minor smudging of some ink at signatures. Fine condition.


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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN   MAURICE J. TOBIN   DEAN ACHESON   JOHN W. SNYDER   JAMES FORRESTAL   JULIUS A. KRUG   ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TOM C. CLARK   CHARLES F. BRANNAN   JESSE M. DONALDSON   VICE PRESIDENT ALBEN W. BARKLEY   CHARLES SAWYER  


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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN
Born: May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri
Died: December 26, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri


Film Credits
2013 Grave of the Zombie Antelope (Other), 2013 Behind the Freedom Curtain (Other), 2013 American Secrets (Other), 2012-2013 America's Book of Secrets (Other), 2012 The Untold History of the United States (Other), 2012 Ancient Aliens (Other), 2012 America's Book of Secrets (in person), 2012 60 Minutes (Other), 2012 10 Things You Don't Know About (Other), 2011/I Ethos (Other), 2011 Love, Hate & Propaganda: The Cold War (Other), 2010 Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible (Other), 2009 WWII in HD (Other), 2009 World War II in Color (Other), 2009 The Flying Scissors (Other), 2009 Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (Other), 2009 I Know What I Saw (Other), 2009 Great Planes (Other), 2008 Superpower (Other), 2008 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (Other), 2008 History of the National Security State (Other), 2008 Call of Duty: World at War (Other), 2008 A President to Remember (Other), 2007 White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Other), 2007 Undercover History (Other), 2007 Pride Against Prejudice: The Larry Doby Story (Other), 2007 Nuremberg: The 60th Anniversary Director's Cut (Other), 2005 X Day: The Invasion of Japan (Other), 2005 Why We Fight (Other), 2005 The Presidents (Other), 2005 The Last Days of World War II (Other), 2005 NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (Other), 2005 Hiroshima (Other), 2005 First Command (Other), 2005 Die Zweite Republik - Eine unglaubliche Geschichte (Other), 2005 Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles (Other), 2004-2005 UFO Files (Other), 2004 Wild West Tech (Other), 2004 The Doomsday Clock (Other), 2004 The Conscientious Objector (Other), 2004 Strip Search (Other), 2004 Inside the U.S. Secret Service (Other), 2004 Conspiracy (Other), 2004 Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic (Other), 2003 Yalta: Peace, Power and Betrayal (Other), 2003 UFO Invasion at Rendlesham (Other), 2003 The Corporation (Other), 2003 Save Our History (Other), 2003 Get Up, Stand Up (Other), 2003 Churchill (Other), 2002-2007 War Stories with Oliver North (Other), 2002 The Burning Wall (Other), 2002 Out of the Blue (Other), 2001 War Crimes and Trials (Other), 2001 Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Other), 2001 Korean War Stories (Other), 2001 History vs. Hollywood (Other), 2000 The American President (Other), 2000 Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War (Other), 1999-2004 Modern Marvels (Other), 1999 The Second World War in Colour (Other), 1999 The Korean War: Fire and Ice (Other), 1999 The Century: America's Time (Other), 1999 The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History (Other), 1999 ABC 2000: The Millennium (Other), 1998 UFO - Geheimnisse des 3.Reiches (Other), 1998 Secrets of the CIA (Other), 1998 Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (Other), 1998 Dynasty: The Nehru-Gandhi Story (Other), 1998 Cold War (Other), 1997 The Wall (Other), 1997 The Speeches of Malcolm X (Other), 1997 The Long Way Home (Other), 1997 The Fifties (Other), 1997 Our Time in Hell: The Korean War (Other), 1997 On the Brink: Doomsday (Other), 1996 The Churchills (Other), 1996 Gore Vidal's American Presidency (in person), 1996 Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents (Other), 1996 100 Years of Olympic Glory (Other), 1995 Xie rou chang cheng (Other), 1995 Truman (Other), 1995 The Speeches of Harry S. Truman (Other), 1995 The Last Days of World War II (Other), 1995 Nuremberg: Tyranny on Trial (Other), 1995 Nixon (Other), 1995 Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was d_ropped (Other), 1995 Hiroshima (Other), 1995 Enola Gay and the Atomic Bombing of Japan (Other), 1995 Blood & Iron: The Story of the German War Machine (Other), 1994-2005 Biography (Other), 1994 The Century of Warfare (Other), 1993 One on One: Classic Television Interviews (Other), 1992 Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins (Other), 1992 Portraits of Presidents: Presidents of a World Power 1901- (Other), 1991 The Complete Churchill (Other), 1991 Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (Other), 1990 The Speeches Collection: John F. Kennedy (Other), 1989 Kinkyû UFO genchi shuzai tokuhô: Bei seifu ga uchûjin to (Other), 1989 Bye Bye Blues (Other), 1989 11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried (Other), 1988-1999 The American Experience (Other), 1988 The Speeches of Winston Churchill (Other), 1988 The 1940's: Music, Memories & Milestones (Other), 1987 The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis (Other), 1987 Our World (Other), 1987 Korea: The Forgotten War (Other), 1987 Inside the CIA (Other), 1985 Backstage at the Whitehouse (Other), 1983 Vietnam: A Television History (Other), 1983 Seeing Red (Other), 1982 The Atomic Cafe (Other), 1982 If You Love This Planet (Other), 1981 The Day After Trinity (Other), 1976-1978 M*A*S*H (Other), 1976 Canciones para después de una guerra (Other), 1975 McCarthy: Death of a Witch Hunter (Other), 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Other), 1974 The World at War (Other), 1966 Follow Me, Boys! (Other), 1965 A Trip Down Memory Lane (Other), 1964 Franco: ese hombre (Other), 1964 Four Days in November (Other), 1964 Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman (Writer), 1963 The Victors (Other), 1963 CBS Reports (Other), 1962 The Clouded Dawn (Other), 1962 Committee on UnAmerican Activities (Other), 1962 Biography (in person), 1961 The DuPont Show of the Week (in person), 1960 Project XX (Other), 1959 The Jack Benny Program (in person), 1959 Sunday Showcase (in person), 1958 Small World (in person), 1955 Person to Person (in person), 1955 It's Always Fair Weather (Other), 1953 Today (in person), 1953 Excursion (in person), 1953 Bis fünf nach zwölf - Adolf Hitler und das 3. Reich (Other), 1953 Battle for China (Other), 1952-1958 See It Now (in person), 1952 The Hoaxters (Other), 1951-1952 See It Now (Other), 1951 Red Cross Fund Program (in person), 1951 Näin syntyi nykypäivä 1900-1950 (Other), 1951 Go for Broke! (in person), 1951 Assignment in Korea (in person), 1950 My Country 'Tis of Thee (Other), 1950 Fifty Years Before Your Eyes (Other), 1945/VI Universal Newsreel (in person), 1945 Hitler Lives (Other)


MAURICE J. TOBIN
Born: May 22, 1901 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died: July 19, 1953 in Scituate, Massachusetts





DEAN ACHESON
Born: April 11, 1893 in Middletown, Connecticut
Died: October 12, 1971 in Sandy Spring, Maryland




Film Credits
2012 The Untold History of the United States (Other), 2001 Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Other), 1999 The Korean War: Fire and Ice (Other), 1995 Nixon (Other), 1994 Biography (Other), 1969 The David Frost Show (in person), 1967 Public Broadcast Laboratory (in person), 1965 Issues and Answers (in person), 1960 Project XX (Other), 1952 See It Now (in person), 1945 War Comes to America (Other)


JOHN W. SNYDER
Born: June 21, 1895 in Jonesboro, Arkansas
Died: October 8, 1985





JAMES FORRESTAL
Born: February 15, 1892 in Matteawan, New York
Died: May 22, 1949 in Montgomery County, Maryland





JULIUS A. KRUG
Born: November 23, 1907 in Madison, Wisconsin
Died: March 26, 1970 in Knoxville, Tennessee





ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TOM C. CLARK
Born: September 23, 1899 in Dallas, Texas
Died: June 13, 1977 in New York City, New York




Film Credits
2011 The Loving Story (Other), 1970 Meet the Press (in person)


CHARLES F. BRANNAN
Born: August 23, 1903 in Denver, Colorado
Died: July 2, 1992 in Denver, Colorado





JESSE M. DONALDSON
Born: August 17, 1885 in Shelbyville, Illinois
Died: March 25, 1970 in Kansas City, Missouri





VICE PRESIDENT ALBEN W. BARKLEY
Born: November 24, 1877
Died: April 30, 1956



CHARLES SAWYER
Born: February 10, 1887 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: April 7, 1979 in Palm Beach, Florida




Film Credits
2011 Last in Line (Director), 2011 Last in Line (Sound Department), 2011 Last in Line (Performer), 2011 Last in Line (Producer), 2011 Last in Line (Editing), 2011 Last in Line (in person), 2009 Catch Perfect (Director), 2009 Catch Perfect (Producer), 2009 Catch Perfect (Editing), 2009 Catch Perfect (Performer), 2009 Catch Perfect (Cinematographer), 2009 Catch Perfect (Other), 2009 Catch Perfect (Production), 2009 Catch Perfect (Writer), 2003 An Evening with B.B. King (Writer), 2003 An Evening with B.B. King (in person), 1997 The Groovy Movie Game Show (in person)


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