PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - DOCUMENT SIGNED 02/07/1946 CO-SIGNED BY: ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JAMES F. BYRNES - HFSID 273269
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HARRY S TRUMAN and JAMES F. BYRNES
The President and Secretary of State sign the appointment of a Director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, a government agency abolished by Truman's successor.
Partly Printed Document signed: "Harry Truman" as 33rd U.S. President and "James F Byrnes" as Secretary of State, 1p, 22¾x18½. City of Washington, 1946 February 7.Appointment of Harvey Jones Gunderson of South Dakota "as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation for a term of two years from January 22, 1946...."The Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC), which was established by President Herbert Hoover, funded a number of government programs before being dissolved by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. During its first months of operation, the RFC primarily made loans to banks and financial institutions. Later, under FDR's New Deal programs, the organization's functions were greatly expanded, but after WWII, when Truman was President, the RFC was limited to making loans to businesses. At the time he signed this document, HARRY S TRUMAN (1884-1972), who had become President upon the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on April 12, 1945, was just ten months into being America's Chief Executive, calling the first year of his presidency a "year of decisions". After leading America through the closing days of WWII, Truman would oversee the building of Europe under the Marshall Plan, and he would again serve as Commander-in-Chief during the Korean War. JAMES FRANCIS BYRNES (1882-1972) was Secretary of State from 1945-1947. A lawyer and newspaper editor, Byrnes had been a U.S. Representative (1911-1925) and U.S. Senator (1931-1941) from South Carolina and an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court (1941-1942) before joining Truman's Cabinet. He was later Governor of South Carolina (1951-1955). HARVEY JONES GUNDERSON, who was from Vermillion, South Dakota, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1928. Worthy of further research. 3¾-inch diameter white paper embossed seal affixed to left of text. Lightly creased. Slightly soiled at blank margins. Fine condition.
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