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Truman's Secretary of Agriculture sends a letter to author Guy Lynn Sumner thanking him for sending an autographed copy of his new book about Abraham Lincoln.
Typed Letter signed: "Clinton P Anderson", as Truman's Secretary of Agriculture, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C. 1946 February 7. On letterhead of The Department of Agriculture addressed to G. Lynn Sumner, New York, New York. In full: "I can't tell you how pleased I was today to receive the beautifully bound and autographed copy of your book - "Meet Abraham Lincoln - Profiles of the Prairie Presi-dant." I note from a hurried glance through the introduction that your book deals with the more intimate phases of Mr. Lincoln's life rather than with the general facts with which most of us are familiar. I am anxious to read the book and know that I shall enjoy it very much. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending it to me. Sincerely," Clinton P. Anderson (1895-1975, born in Centerville, South Dakota) was an American politician who served as a Congressman (1941-1945) and a Senator (1949-1975) from New Mexico and as Secretary of Agriculture under President Harry S. Truman (1945-1948). As a Senator, Anderson was a vocal supporter of the United States' space program and, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences from 1963 to 1973, was important in funding NASA. His road to Washington was a winding and tortuous one. He had to leave college in 1916, after his father broke his back, to support his family. He worked as a newspaper reporter until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1917. Anderson was sent to a New Mexico sanitarium to recover and, after leaving in 1919, got a job as a reporter there. Unhappy with the Republican Party there, he befriended several state Democrats and, in 1919, began his political career as Executive Secretary to the state Public Health Association. After a brief stint in business, he returned to the public sector in 1928 as Chairman of the New Mexico State Party, and in 1933, the first of many state positions. Notches at left edge. Lightly toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 23, 1895 in Centerville, South Dakota
Died: November 11, 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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