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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/04/1946 - HFSID 179373

HARRY S TRUMAN Harry Truman sends a typed letter of thanks for the letter and to say how much fun he had. Typed Letter Signed: "Harry" as President, 1p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1946 January 4. To Brown Harris, Judge of the Circuit Court, Kansas City, Missouri.

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HARRY S TRUMAN
Harry Truman sends a typed letter of thanks for the letter and to say how much fun he had.
Typed Letter Signed: "Harry" as President, 1p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1946 January 4. To Brown Harris, Judge of the Circuit Court, Kansas City, Missouri. In full: "I can't tell you how very much I appreciated your letter of the twenty-eighth. Every time I go back to Missouri I think maybe I'll get an opportunity to see and talk with you but every time I get surrounded by an interminable line of customers and hardly ever get to see the people I really would like to see. I had a grand trip back with Jim Pendergast and his family and, as you know, he has been through some terrible ordeals. He has always been a friend of mine and I don't forget my friends, as you know. I am enclosing you an autographed copy of the speech which I made last night. [not included] It may have some affect [sic, effect] on the recommendations to which you refer. I hope so at any rate. Give my best to Mrs. Harris." TRUMAN had known JIM PENDERGAST since they served together in WWI. Jim's uncle was Tom Pendergast, political boss of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo., and it was Jim who encouraged his friend to enter politics. Tom Pendergast was convicted on bribery and tax evasion charges in 1939. After his release from prison, Pendergast spent his last years estranged from his family and old friends. When Tom Pendergast died in 1945, newly sworn-in Vice President Harry Truman attended his funeral. He was the only public official to attend the funeral and was criticized by the press and politicians but, as he wrote here, Truman never forgot his friends. Lightly creased and shaded, mostly at margins. Overall, fine condition.

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