PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/24/1961 - HFSID 4623
HARRY S TRUMAN He forwards a signed photo requested through "Governor Johnson" Typed Letter signed: "Harry Truman", 1 page, 7¼x10¼. Independence, Missouri, 1961 August 24. On personal letterhead to G. Merle Johnson, Richmond, Indiana.
Sale Price $616.25
HARRY S TRUMAN
He forwards a signed photo requested through "Governor Johnson"
Typed Letter signed: "Harry Truman", 1 page, 7¼x10¼. Independence, Missouri, 1961 August 24. On personal letterhead to G. Merle Johnson, Richmond, Indiana. In full: "Enclosed is the photograph you requested through Governor Johnson. [Item not included.] It was a pleasure to sign it for you and for him. Sincerely yours". Harry S Truman (1884-1972) had been Vice President for only 82 days when he became the 33rd President of the U.S. (1945-1953) upon Franklin D. Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. Faced with the ordeal of ending WWII, Truman oversaw the surrender of Germany (May 7) and ordered the atomic bombings on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). He fought the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine, a policy granting Greece and Turkey $400 million in economic and military aid to help them fight Communist aggression. By the end of 1945, Truman had introduced economic measures that would become part of his Fair Deal program. As a result, the minimum wage was increased from 40 to 75 cents an hour through an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and Social Security benefits were extended to include approximately ten million more people. During his second term, Truman ordered U.S. forces into action when North Korean troops invaded American-supported South Korea. There have been 18 state governors named Johnson, but none from Indiana, and none serving in that office in 1961. The Governor Johnson mentioned in the letter may have been Keen Johnson (1877-1970), former Governor of Kentucky, President Truman's Under Secretary of Labor, and an unsuccessful candidate for US Senate in 1960. Mailing folds, not at signature. Fine condition.
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