PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: VINCENT R. IMPELLITTERI, W. AVERELL HARRIMAN - HFSID 280911
B/w New York Times photo of Truman speaking at a gathering in New York, signed by New York Governor William Averell Harriman and "with Best Wishes" New York Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri
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HARRY S. TRUMAN, CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM AVERELL HARRIMAN and VINCENT R. IMPELLITTERI B/w New York Times photo of Truman speaking at a gathering in New York, signed by New York Governor William Averell Harriman and "with Best Wishes" New York Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri Inscribed photograph signed "To Thomas K. Boyce/with Best Wishes/Vincent R. Impellitteri", "Averell Harriman" and "Harry Truman". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. B/w, 9x7 overall, 8 ½ x 6 ½ image, one surface. Photo by The New York Times with photo credit stamp on verso in green ink. TRUMAN (1884-1972, born in Lamar, Missouri) had been Vice President for only 82 days when he became the 33rd President of the U. S. (1945-1953) upon Franklin Delano Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. Faced with the ordeal of ending World War II, Truman oversaw the surrender of Germany (May 7) and ordered the atomic bombings on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). He fought the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine, a policy granting Greece and Turkey $400 million in economic and military aid to help them fight Communist aggression. By the end of 1945, Truman had introduced economic measures that would become part of his Fair Deal program. As a result, the minimum wage was increased from 40 to 75 cents an hour through an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and Social Security benefits were extended to include approximately ten million more people. During his second term, Truman ordered U. S. forces into action when North Korean troops invaded American-supported South Korea. HARRIMAN (1891-1986) was the son of railroad tycoon Edward Harriman. Active in business and finance in his youth, he later devoted himself to government service. Harriman was Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1943-1946) and then to Great Britain (1946), Secretary of Commerce (1946-1948), Governor of New York (1955-1959) and a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination (1952, 1956). As Ambassador at Large under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, he helped negotiate the Geneva Agreement on Laos (1962), the nuclear test ban treaty (1963) and the initial phase of the Paris peace negotiations on Vietnam (1968-1969). Harriman was known as one of the so-called Wise Men who advised U.S. Presidents in the decades after World War II. IMPELLITTERI (1900-1987) got his start in politics as New York Assistant District Attorney (1929-1938) and President of the New York City Council (1945-1950). Mayor William O'Dwyer was appointed Ambassador to Mexico in 1950, and as a result, Impellitteri became Acting Mayor. He was elected Mayor later that year in a special election, despite losing the support of both Tammany Hall and the Democratic Party. Impelliterri was Hizzoner until 1953, when he was defeated by Manhattan Borough President Robert F. Wagner, Jr. He was appointed a criminal court judge that year, retiring in 1965. Lightly toned, creased, bowed and rippled. Pen skipped while writing Truman's signature, which is still legible. Averell's signature has low contrast but is legible. Impellitteri's signature is lightly smeared but legible. Paper clip impression at left edge. Light impressions on image. Otherwise in fine condition.
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