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As Secretary of Labor, she congratulates veteran diplomat Joseph Grew on his appointment as Under Secretary of State.
Typed Letter signed: "Frances C. Perkins" as Secretary of Labor, 1 page, 7x10. Washington, D.C., 1944 December 6. On official letterhead to Joseph Grew, Under Secretary of State, Washington, D.C. In full: "May I offer you my congratulations on your appointment as Under Secretary of State and say that we in the Department of Labor shall be very glad indeed in any possible way. With best wishes, Sincerely yours". Frances Perkins (1880-1965) was the first woman Cabinet member. She was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's only Secretary of Labor serving from March 4, 1933 to May 1945, when she retired from President Truman's Cabinet. While in FDR's Cabinet, she was Chairman of the President's Committee on Economic Security. This committee's report formed the basis for the Social Security Act passed in 1935. In 1946, President Truman appointed her to the U.S. Civil Service Commission, where she served until Truman left office in 1953. Joseph Grew, a career diplomat, had been US Ambassador to Japan from 1932 until the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event Grew had specifically warned against in January 1941. Interned in Japan, he was exchanged for Japanese diplomats held by the US. Multiple mailing folds. Fine condition.

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Born: April 10, 1880 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died: May 14, 1965 in New York

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