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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT SIGNED 04/11/1936 CO-SIGNED BY: CORDELL HULL - HFSID 87915

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT and CORDELL HULL In 1936, the President and Secretary of State sign the appointment of the head of the Bureau of Narcotics as delegate to an international conference on suppression of narcotic drug traffic. Typed DS: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as 32nd U.S.

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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT and CORDELL HULL
In 1936, the President and Secretary of State sign the appointment of the head of the Bureau of Narcotics as delegate to an international conference on suppression of narcotic drug traffic.
Typed DS: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as 32nd U.S. President and "Cordell Hull" as Secretary of State, 1 page, 9¼x13. Washington, 1936 April 11. In part: "Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity and Ability of Harry J. Anslinger, of Pennsylvania, I do appoint him a Delegate on the part of the United States to the Conference to Conclude a Convention for the SUPPRESSION OF THE ILLICIT TRAFFIC IN NARCOTIC DRUGS to be held at Geneva, Switzerland, beginning June 8, 1936...." Harry Anslinger (1892-1975) headed the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics from 1930-1962 and was instrumental in seeking uniform drug laws. Prohibition in the U.S. ended in the winter of 1933-34. But in its wake it left networks and organizations that readily made the distribution of other illicit enterprises possible and efficient for criminal organizations. After WWII, the sale of heroin was on the up-tick, with poppies being harvested in Turkey and the Near East, processed into heroin in laboratories near Marseilles, then shipped to the U.S. through criminal organizations. CORDELL HULL (1871-1955), formerly a Congressman and Senator from Tennessee, was Secretary of State from 1933 to 1944, the longest tenure of any Secretary of State in history. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his efforts in establishing the United Nations. Full 3½-inch diameter paper embossed seal at left. Tanned paper with water stain in upper paragraph, else fine and interesting.

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