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VICE PRESIDENT HENRY A. WALLACE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/20/1945 - DOCUMENT 291619

 

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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VICE PRESIDENT HENRY A. WALLACE
Born: October 7, 1888 in Adair County, Iowa
Died: November 18, 1965 in Danbury, Connecticut




Film Credits
2012/I Savior (Performer), 2012 The Untold History of the United States (Other), 2012 America's Book of Secrets (Other), 2003 Get Up, Stand Up (Other), 1998 Cold War (Other), 1997 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (Other), 1994 Biography (Other), 1959 Project XX (Other), 1957 Person to Person (in person), 1951-1952 Longines Chronoscope (in person), 1945/VII Universal Newsreel (in person), 1944 One Inch from Victory (in person), 1944 Attack in the Pacific (Other), 1942 Paramount Victory Short No. T2-3: The Price of Victory (in person)


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