JOSEPH P. KENNEDY. TLS: "Joseph P Kennedy", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1936 October 7. On his personal letterhead to Harry H. Woodring, Secretary of War, Washington, D.C. Begins: "My dear Harry

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JOSEPH P. KENNEDY. TLS: "Joseph P Kennedy", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1936 October 7. On his personal letterhead to Harry H. Woodring, Secretary of War, Washington, D.C. Begins: "My dear Harry". In full: "I want to apologize profusely for not having acknowledged your letter of August 18th before this, but I was in Europe for about a month, and am only now getting caught up on my correspondence. It was very nice of you to write me acknowledging receipt of the book. I was very much pleased to learn of your appointment as Secretary of War, and I extend to you my sincere congratulations. I know that you will have a most successful administration. You may be sure that when I get down to Washington again I shall communicate with you and shall be more than pleased to autograph the book. Yours very sincerely." The book to which Kennedy refers here is likely his book, I'm For Roosevelt, which was published in 1936, the year of this letter. JOSEPH P. KENNEDY (1888-1969), the patriarch of the political dynasty that included U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy, married Rose Fitzgerald, the eldest daughter of Boston Mayor John Fitzgerald, in 1914. An astute businessman, Kennedy became a bank president at the age of 25 and his involvement in various other industries, including Hollywood's film industry, and his investments in the stock market (he cashed out before the Crash of 1929) made him one of the richest men in America. Kennedy, who backed Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1932 election, held a seat on the Securities and Exchange Commission during FDR's first term and chaired the Maritime Commission, mediating disputes between ship owners and unions, during FDR's second term. On January 17, 1938, Kennedy was named U.S. Ambassador to England. A staunch isolationist, he argued for the appeasement of Hitler and wanted the U.S. to stay out of any conflict that might occur between England and Germany. Disapproving of Roosevelt's growing involvement in the war, Kennedy resigned under pressure on October 22, 1940. His own political career doomed by his isolationist views, Kennedy groomed his sons for politics. After his eldest son, Joseph, Jr., was killed in combat during WWII, the mantle fell upon his second son, John F. Kennedy. Ironically, on December 19, 1961, just 11 months after he witnessed his son inaugurated as President, Joseph suffered a stroke and was unable to speak for the remainder of his life. He died in 1969 at the age of 81. HARRY HINES WOODRING (1890, or 1887, according to some sources-1967), a former Governor of Kansas (1931-1933), was named Assistant Secretary of War in 1933. Upon the death of George H. Dern in 1936, Woodring became Acting Secretary of War before being confirmed as Secretary of War. He resigned in 1940, the same year Kennedy resigned his post as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain, after a dispute with FDR over deployment of B-17s to Britain while the U.S. was still a neutral country. Folds, light horizontal fold touches the descender of the "J" in Joseph and nicks the descender of the "y" of Kennedy. Check mark at upper margin, pencil note (unknown hand) at upper right margin, "135" in red pencil at lower right margin. 2 file holes at upper blank margin. Overall, fine condition.

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