HENRY A. WALLACE
The Secretary of Commerce responds to a fan's letter apologizing for
not writing back sooner and thanking him for his words of encouragement.
Typed Letter signed: "H A Wallace", as The Secretary of
Commerce, 1 page, 7x9.
Washington, D.C., 1945 April 20. Typed on The Secretary of
Commerce letterhead to Mr. John Davidson, Los Angeles, California. In full:
"Your letter of support was received quite a while ago and I must
apologize for the regrettable lapse of time in acknowledging it, due to the
overwhelming amount of work in my office. Nevertheless, even at this late date,
I want you to know I'm personally grateful to you for your encouragement,
especially in the days before my confirmation, and I hope I may always merit
your kind opinion of me. Sincerely yours," Accompanied by an envelope
from The Secretary of Commerce postmarked Washington D.C. 1945 April
21. 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. Edges toned. Mailing fold through center. Slightly
creased. Otherwise, fine condition. Envelope lightly toned at top. Otherwise,
fine condition. Two Items.
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