J. EDGAR HOOVER - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1951 CO-SIGNED BY: A. HOLMES BALDRIDGE, A. DEVITT VANECH, JOSEPH C. DUGGAN, WILLIAM AMORY UNDERHILL, H. GRAHAM MORRISON, JAMES M. MCINERNEY, DEAN L. SCHEDLER, FREDERICK C. KILGUSS, ARGYLE R. MACKEY, SAL ANDRETTA - HFSID 82314
Sale Price $450.00
J. EDGAR HOOVER and the DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Signatures from 15 members of the Department of Justice circa 1951, including J. Edgar Hoover, Assistant Attorney General H. Graham Morrison, and lobbyist William Amory Underhill. Extremely rare!
Autograph sentiment signed: "With Warmest regards and/highest esteem", "J. Edgar Hoover", "Holmes Baldridge", "A. Devitt Vanech", "Joseph C. Duggan", "Wm Amory Underhill", "H. Graham Morrison", "James McInerney", "Sal Andretta", "Dean Schedler", "Fred Kilguss", "Argyle Mackey". One identified. These signers merit further research: "Harold J. Boynton", "Ellis Black", "J.L. Bennet". 15 in total. Card was most likely written in 1951 due to the terms of office for most of the signers, and was probably presented to J. Howard McGrath ate his resignation ceremony from the Department of Justice. J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972, born John Edgar Hoover in Washington, DC) served as the first Director of the FBI from 1924 until his death in 1972. During his 48-year term, he restored order to the department and established the world's largest fingerprint file and the FBI Academy. The FBI fought organized crime in the Prohibition era. Under his direction, the FBI also infiltrated the American Communist Party, the Ku Klux Klanand other subversive organizations. It also conducted counterintelligence during WWII and the Cold War. By the 1970s, Hoover came under frequent public criticism for his authoritarian administration, but his power was so great that no President dared to remove him. Hoover made the FBI one of the world's most effective law enforcement agencies. He established its vast fingerprint file, crime laboratory and training academy. Corners slightly worn. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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