ANN C. WHITMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/03/1955 - HFSID 280764
Sale Price $85.50
ANN C. WHITMAN
Typed 1955 letter as President Eisenhower's Personal Secretary, acknowledging a gift to the President
Typed Letter signed: "Ann Whitman" as Personal Secretary to the President, 1 page, 6¼x9¼. Washington, D.C., 1955 March 3. On White House letterhead to Mr. Golden Latshaw, Cleveland, Ohio. In full: "I want to supplement the President's letter to you of today. The copy of the Declaration of Independence that you so kindly sent the President, arrived in excellent condition two days ago. I am sure it is exactly what the President thought it might be, and I assure you that he is highly pleased at your thought of him. With best wishes, Sincerely". Ann Cook Whitman (1908-1991) was recruited for the Eisenhower Presidential campaign staff in 1952. Upon Ike's election, she became his personal White House secretary, holding that position for all of his 8 years in the office. Mack Teasley of the Eisenhower Library describes Whitman as "the ultimate professional woman." She typically worked 7-day weeks, as illustrated by this letter, typed on a Saturday. At the President's request, she kept a 15,000 word White House diary. Later Whitman performed similar duties for New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller, becoming his executive assistant and then - upon Rockefeller's elevation to Vice President - his chief of staff. Fold creases, not near signature. Fine condition.
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