PATRICK J. HURLEY - TYPED NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 26492
Sale Price $162.00
PATRICK J. HURLEY
Signed as Secretary of War, adding his autograph to a collection.
Typed Note Signed: "Patrick J. Hurley" as Secretary of War, 5x3 War Department card. In full: "I am pleased to add my autograph to your collection." Patrick J. Hurley (1883-1963), a colonel in the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I, was President Hoover's Secretary of War (1929-1933). In August 1944, President Roosevelt sent him on a mission to China, where he soon sided with General Claire Chennault and against General Joseph Stilwell in the burgeoning battle over US China policy. (Hurley came to believe in strongly supporting Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek. In November, he reluctantly accepted the post of Ambassador. One year later (November 25, 1946), he resigned his post, accusing State Department officials of favoring the communist side in renewed Chinese civil war. These charges helped fuel the "China Lobby" which would later oppose US recognition of communist China, and of the McCarthy era claim that the US government was riddled with communist sympathizers. Hurley was unsuccessful three times (1946, 1948 and 1952) in bids to represent New Mexico in the US Senate.Shaded at upper and right edge. Lightly soiled. Remnants on verso (no show through).
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