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PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/18/1955 - HFSID 4615

HARRY S TRUMAN The former President pens a postscript on a typed reply to a friend's birthday wish. Typed Letter Signed: "Harry Truman", 1p, 7¼x7 (lower blank portion cut off). Kansas City, Mo., 1955 May 18. To Fred D. Whitaker, Whitaker Motors, Red Lion, Pennsylvania.

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HARRY S TRUMAN
The former President pens a postscript on a typed reply to a friend's birthday wish.
Typed Letter Signed: "Harry Truman", 1p, 7¼x7 (lower blank portion cut off). Kansas City, Mo., 1955 May 18. To Fred D. Whitaker, Whitaker Motors, Red Lion, Pennsylvania. In full: "It was kind of you and Mrs. Whitaker to send me that nice birthday telegram and I want you to know I do appreciate it. Sincerely yours,". In a handwritten postscript, Truman adds: "Wish you could have stayed/longer the other day". Truman celebrated his 71st birthday on May 8, 1955. Harry Truman, 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, 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. Fred D. Whitaker, a Studebaker dealer formerly from Kansas City, was a personal friend of President Truman. Slightly creased. Fine condition.

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