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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1947 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN R. STEELMAN - HFSID 254412

HARRY S TRUMAN and JOHN STEELMAN The President initials his acceptance of a typed and signed memorandum, adding a handwritten thank you to its author. Typed Memorandum signed: "John R. Steelman", 1 page, 6¼x9¼. The White House, Washington, 1947 May 27.

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HARRY S TRUMAN and JOHN STEELMAN The President initials his acceptance of a typed and signed memorandum, adding a handwritten thank you to its author. Typed Memorandum signed: "John R. Steelman", 1 page, 6¼x9¼. The White House, Washington, 1947 May 27. Memorandum for the President. In full: "The attached Order signed by the Secretary of Agriculture has been checked and I am sure it is satisfactory for your approval. Approval by the President is necessary under the law now, but if our reorganization plan Number One already before the Congress is approved this authority will rest entirely with the Secretary of Agriculture. Place for signature is on Page 24." President Truman has penned an ANS: "HST" beneath Steelman's memo. In full: "Thank you John! You are being a great help to me. I appreciate it." JOHN R. STEELMAN (1900-1999) served as Assistant to the President from 1946-1953. An expert on labor matters, Steelman was instrumental in negotiating the end of the 52-day steelworkers strike in 1952.  Truman's Legislative Reorganization Act (August 1946) was part of his plan for "reconverting" the structure of a wartime government-controlled society and economy to one that supported independence and free enterprise. From this act, in December 1946, he created the Office of Temporary Controls to consolidate numerous agencies that were "reconverting". He appointed Steelman as his assistant and charged him with coordinating federal agency programs and their policies under the OTC, which Steelman is doing in this memorandum to President Truman. Many of these agencies dealt with price and production controls and their removal from various industries. With reference to agriculture, the New Deal's Farm Credit Administration (1932), established government support for farm prices and production, elevating farmers out of the Depression. Contrary to his response to other industries during his administration, Truman advocated the continuance of government price and production controls in agriculture. His Secretary of Agriculture at the time of this memo was CLINTON P. ANDERSON (served from June 30, 1945 to May 10, 1948). He resigned as U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1941-1945) to accept the post and returned to the Senate after leaving the Cabinet (1949-1973). Lightly foxed at upper blank right margin. Shaded at right and lower margins touching, but not taking away from the writing or signatures.

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