PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - CHECK ENDORSED 11/07/1953 CO-SIGNED BY: RUSSELL E. SILVIUS - HFSID 147692
Sale Price $680.00
HARRY S TRUMAN
Seven weeks after leaving the White House, he signs his name twice in the endorsement of a check to be used for his new Presidential Library.
Check endorsed: "Pay to Harry Truman/Library Inc or order/Harry Truman" on verso of Partly Printed Check signed: "Russell E. Silvius", 6x2¾. Bryan, Ohio, 1953 March 7.Payable to "Harry S. Truman" for $3.00.Truman first started planning for his library shortly before this check was written. He wanted to put it on the remnant of the family farm in Grandview, Missouri owned by him, his brother and sister. Truman's brother, Vivian, was not completely happy about the idea of putting a library there. When an architect and a member of Truman's staff involved in planning the Truman Library went to the farm to identify a good site, Vivian indicated he wanted to put it in a low-lying swampy area. The architect pointed to a much better site, on high ground with a good view of the surrounding countryside. Vivian looked it over and pronounced, "Ain't no use wastin' good farmland on any dang old library." The Truman Library ended up in Independence on land donated by the City of Independence, only a few blocks from Truman's home at 219 N. Delaware Street. It was dedicated on July 6, 1957. President and Mrs. Truman are buried in the courtyard of the building. Endorsement stamp touches signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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