GENERAL LUCIUS D. CLAY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/12/1961 - HFSID 313653
Sale Price $396.00
Writing to President Franklin Roosevelt's former law partner, Basil O'Connor, the general regrets that he and Mrs. Clay cannot attend a dinner observance of FDR's 79th birthday.
Typed Letter signed: "Lucius Clay", 1 page, 7x10½. New York, N. Y., 1961 January 12. On his letterhead as Chairman of the Board, Continental Can Company, to Basil O'Connor, President, The National Foundation, New York, N.Y. In full: "Mrs. Clay and I are very sorry that we can not dine with you on January 30, 1961 at the Waldorf-Astoria to celebrate the seventy-ninth anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt's birth. We have tried to change another engagement but could not. Sincerely yours". General LUCIUS D. CLAY (1897-1978) did not lead troops in combat during World War II, but played a vital role in re-opening French ports as supply channels after D-Day. He became even more important after the war, serving as Deputy Military Governor (1945-1947) andMilitary Governor (1947-1949) of the American Zone in occupied Germany. He played a key role in refocusing occupation policy in Germany from punishment to reconstruction. He also oversaw the Berlin Airlift from June 28, 1948 to May 12, 1949, during which time two million tons of essential supplies at a cost of $224 million were flown into West Berlin during a Russian blockade of Allied land and water routes. The Berlin Airlift involved 250,000 flights. After the Berlin Wall was built in August 1961, President Kennedy sent General Clay as his Personal Representative, with the rank of Ambassador. Basil O'Connor, FDR's former law partner, joined with the President in 1938 to form the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, with its revolutionary "March of Dimes" fundraising campaign. After the introduction of a polio vaccine in 1955, the Foundation, since re-named The March of Dimes, shifted its focus to other childhood diseases. Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Binding holes on top margin. Fine condition.
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