HENRY A. WALLACE
Vice President writes to man about possibly introducing his book to
Colombia Broadcasting Company
Typed letter signed: "H.A. Wallace" in black felt tip. 1 page,
8½x11½. Written on Vice Presidential letterhead. April 13, 1942. Washington,
D.C. In full: "Dear Mr. Marks: You have been more than kind in sending
me such a large collection of Latin-American music, including fine albums, as
well as separate compositions. I am meeting with some of the Columbia
Broadcasting Company people Saturday night, April 18th, and if it happens your
new community Latin-American song book is available by that time, I would like
to have several copies of it. It may be that I can get Columbia to put on a
program of a somewhat different nature from NBC, which will feature some tof the
selections in your new songbook. However, I would first like to see the book.
Thanking you again for sending me such a fine collection of Latin-American
music, I am, Sincerely yours". From March 4, 1933 to September 2, 1940,
Henry Agard Wallace (1888-1965) served as FDR's Secretary of Agriculture, the
same job held by his father, Henry C. Wallace, under Presidents Harding and
Coolidge (March 5, 1921 until his death on October 25, 1924). At the Democratic
National Convention held in Chicago Stadium from July 15-18, 1940, Wallace was
selected by FDR to be his running mate, and the convention nominated the
team on the first ballot. In the November 5, 1940 election, FDR and Wallace
soundly defeated the Republican ticket of political newcomer Wendell L.
Willkie and Senator Charles L. McNary by 27.2 million to 22.3 million popular
votes, 449-82 electoral votes and 38-ten states. Wallace served as FDR's Vice
President from 1941-1945. In 1944, he was replaced on the ticket by Senator
Harry S Truman. President Roosevelt died just 82 days after Wallace's vice
presidential term ended. Before his death, FDR appointed Wallace as his
Secretary of Commerce, making Wallace the only former Vice President to serve in
a President's Cabinet. Wallace held the office under FDR and Truman until
September 20, 1946, when Truman forced him to resign for criticizing U.S.
foreign policy. Wallace became Editor of the "New Republic" (1946-1948) and
helped to launch the new Progressive Party. In 1948, he became the new party's
candidate in the presidential election, winning no electoral votes as Truman
beat Dewey. Normal mailing folds. Very toned. Corners rounded. Light stains in
margins. Folds stained on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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