PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: VICE PRESIDENT ALBEN W. BARKLEY, CHARLES SAWYER, MAURICE J. TOBIN, DEAN ACHESON, JOHN W. SNYDER, JAMES FORRESTAL, JULIUS A. KRUG, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE TOM C. CLARK, CHARLES F. BRANNAN, JESSE M. DONALDSON - HFSID 291589
HARRY TRUMAN and CABINET Official 14x10½ Cabinet Photo, taken two weeks after the Inauguration for his (unexpected) full term, signed by the President himself, by Vice President Barkley, and by all nine members of the Cabinet. Attorney General Clark would soon become a Supreme Court Justice.
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HARRY TRUMAN and CABINET
Official 14x10½ Cabinet Photo, taken two weeks after the Inauguration for his (unexpected) full term, signed by the President himself, by Vice President Barkley, and by all nine members of the Cabinet. Attorney General Clark would soon become a Supreme Court Justice. This is one of the last photos of Defense Secretary Forrestal, sacked by Truman 6 weeks later and dead under suspicious circumstances within 3 months.
Photograph signed: "Harry Truman" as President, "Alben W. Barkley" as Vice President, "Dean Acheson" as Secretary of State, "James Forrestal" as Secretary of Defense, "Tom C. Clark" as Attorney General, "John W. Snyder" as Secretary of the Treasury, "Charles F. Brannan" as Secretary of Agriculture, "J. M. Donaldson" as Postmaster General, "Charles Sawyer" as Secretary of Commerce, "Maurice J. Tobin" as Secretary of Labor, and "J. A. Krug" as Secretary of the Interior. In all eleven signatures, a complete roster of the Cabinet. B/w, 14x10½ overall, image 13x8½ with typed caption affixed to lower portion of image (2 surfaces). Harris & Ewing captioned photo, dated February 11, 1949, signed by each official above his printed name above his office designation. HARRY S. TRUMAN (1884-1972), a WWI veteran, one-time haberdasher, former U.S. Senator from Missouri (1935-1945), had been elected Vice President for the fourth term of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944, and he assumed the presidency in April 1945, following the sudden death of FDR. During his first term, Truman ordered the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 1945), forcing a Japanese surrender and the end of WWII (1939-1945), announced his Fair Deal domestic program (September 1945) and issued the Truman Doctrine (March 1947), which guaranteed aid to any nation resisting Communist aggression. Following his stunning 1948 defeat of Republican challenger Thomas E. Dewey (enabling him to pose here with his Cabinet three months later), Truman oversaw the foundation of NATO (April 1949) and sent troops to South Korea to repel the North Korean invasion (June 1950). After leaving the White House, Truman returned to Missouri, where he wrote his memoirs and was actively involved in the creation of the Truman Library. Kentuckian ALBEN W. BARKLEY (1877-1956), the oldest U.S. Vice President (age 75 when he left the office in 1953), was Democratic leader of the Senate from 1937 until his inauguration as Truman's Vice President in 1949. When Truman declined to run for reelection in 1952, Barkley sought the Democratic presidential nomination and finished fourth on the third ballot that nominated Adlai E. Stevenson. This was the last major party convention not to nominate a candidate on the first ballot. He returned to the Senate in 1955, dying in 1956. DEAN ACHESON (1893-1971) was appointed Assistant Secretary of State by President Roosevelt in 1933, but resigned that same year due to differences with FDR's foreign economic policy. Brought back in 1941 as Under Secretary, he served through World War II and helped forge the postwar Bretton Woods system for the world economy. As Secretary of State (1949-1953) in the Truman administration, he was a key architect of the containment policy, devised to curb the expansion of the Soviet Union and of communism without resort to war. As one of the "Wise Men," informal senior advisors, he advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon (a former foe). Acheson received a Pulitzer Prize in History (1970) for his memoir Present at the Creation. Special Assistant in the Justice Department (1937-1943) and Assistant Attorney General (1943-1945) under FDR, TOM C. CLARK (1899-1977) was appointed Attorney General by Truman in 1945 and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1949. When his son Ramsey was appointed Attorney General by LBJ in 1967, Tom C. Clark resigned as Associate Justice to avoid any possible conflict of interest. JAMES FORRESTAL (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy from 1944, became the first Secretary of Defense in 1947. Forrestal helped implement Truman's policy of integrating the armed forces, but clashed with the President over budget cuts. Forrestal met privately with Republican Presidential candidate Dewey, who intended to retain Forrestal in office. Truman summarily dismissed Forrestal on March 31, 1949. Suffering from what may have been nervous exhaustion, Forrestal was hospitalized on April 2. On May 22, Forrestal fell, leaped (or was pushed) to his death from a window at the National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Although suicide remains the most likely cause of death, conspiracy theorists have a field day with this sequence of events. JOHN W. SNYDER (1895-1985) served the US government as National Bank Receiver, Federal Loan Administrator, and Director of War Mobilization and Reconversion. In 1946, President Truman, who had served with Snyder in World War I, named him Secretary of the Treasury, a post he held until 1953. CHARLES F. BRANNAN (1903-1992) was Truman's only Secretary of Agriculture (1945-1953). His Brannan Plan would have guaranteed farmers a minimum income while allowing the free market to determine the price of agricultural commodities. (The proposal died in a Republican-controlled Congress.) Brannan was general counsel to the National Farmer's Union (1953-1990). He was the last surviving member of Truman's Cabinet. JESSE M. DONALDSON (1885-1970) served as Truman's Postmaster General from 1947-1953. Until the creation of the US Postal Service as an independent agency, the position of Postmaster General was politically important to any President, with post office jobs a major source of patronage. CHARLES W. SAWYER (1887-1979), a former Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, was Secretary of Commerce (1948-1953). He implemented Truman's controversial seizure of the strike-threatened steel industry on grounds of military necessity (supplying US forces in the Korean War). MAURICE J. TOBIN (1901-1953), a former Mayor of Boston and Governor of Massachusetts, was Truman's Secretary of Labor from 1948 to 1953. Today commuters pay $3.00 each time they enter Boston via the Tobin Bridge. JULIUS A. KRUG (1907-1970) was chief power engineer of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and head of the War Production Board during World War II. As Truman's Secretary of the Interior, he conducted the unsuccessful negotiations to end a nationwide strike by the United Mine Workers. A fine, historic image of the recently re-elected President. "A" of Alben extends off the left edge. Very minor smudging of some ink at signatures. Fine condition.
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