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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/17/1946 - HFSID 251323

HARRY S TRUMAN Harry Truman sends a typed letter of acknowledgement. Typed Letter Signed: "Harry Truman" as President, 1p, 8x10½. The White House, Washington, 1946 January 17. To Judge Ernest M. Tipton, Supreme Court of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri.

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HARRY S TRUMAN
Harry Truman sends a typed letter of acknowledgement.
Typed Letter Signed: "Harry Truman" as President, 1p, 8x10½. The White House, Washington, 1946 January 17. To Judge Ernest M. Tipton, Supreme Court of Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri. In full: "This will acknowledge receipt of your report of investigation respecting dispute between the Texas & New Orleans Railway Company and Hospital Association of the Southern Pacific Lines in Texas and Louisiana and certain of its employees represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, et al. I want to thank you for your constructive report which reflects a careful study of the dispute and forms a basis of settlement which should commend itself to all concerned." Stamped in blank area with the Harry S Truman Library/U.S. Government document identification stamping. Lightly creased, horizontal fold touches signature. Mounting remnants on verso lightly show through. Overall, fine condition. Provenance: Accompanied by copies of two typed letters from the Harry S Truman Library regarding the provenance of this letter. The most recent letter, dated July 9, 1999, summarizes the second letter, dated September 30, 1988. In part: "The letter you have described is one of thirty-three letters that were temporarily deposited at the Truman Library by the family of Judge Ernest M. Tipton in 1973. While deposited here, the letters were mistakenly stamped with the Truman Library's document identification stamp. The letters were subsequently returned to the Tipton family, and the federal government has no claim upon them. Evidently, it was not possible to mark the letters in such a way as to indicate that the document identification stamp was in error. However, the Director of the Library drafted a notarized statement (a copy of which I am enclosing) [which is included] which affirmed that the letters were the property of the Tipton family." On the day he signed this letter, President Truman tried to settle a dispute between U.S. Steel and the United Steel Workers Union. The President's intervention averted a walkout, and most major strikes of 1946 were settled on the basis of Truman's suggestions. Truman's involvement with the transportation industry began in 1937 when as U.S. Senator, he was named Vice-Chairman of a subcommittee to investigate the finances of American railroads. In 1939, Senator Truman and Montana Senator Burton Wheeler introduced a bill to reorganize the railroads, placing them under the control of the Interstate Commerce Commission. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Transportation Act of 1940, also called the Wheeler-Truman Act, on September 18, 1940. On August 27, 1950, President Truman ordered the Army to seize America's railroads to avert a nationwide strike. It was not until May 23, 1952, after the railroad owners signed a union contract, that control was restored to the owners. Three items.

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