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PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/07/1940 - HFSID 5158

The former President signs a typed letter fowarding "confidential information" to noted evangelist and future Nobel Prize winner John Mott, who had supported Hoover during his 1928 presidential campaign.

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HERBERT HOOVER
The former President signs a typed letter fowarding "confidential information" to noted evangelist and future Nobel Prize winner John Mott, who had supported Hoover during his 1928 presidential campaign.
Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover", 1 page, 7x10½. No place, 1940 April 7. On sheet imprinted with his name to Mr. John Mott, Citizens National Bank Bldg., Los Angeles, California. Begins: "My dear John". In full: "I called you up, but you had gone away to get some relief. Gradually, by all of us pining away, we are getting nearer to the control of the situation. I send you herewith the latest compilation for your confidential information. I hope you will keep somewhat in touch with Herbert Clark, as he is your kind of man. I will be away for two or three weeks. Yours faithfully". Methodist evangelist and author JOHN RALEIGH MOTT (1865-1955) was a fellow Iowan who would win the 1946 Nobel Prize (along with Emily Greene Balch) for his efforts to bring world peace through church and missionary movements. A longtime leader of the YMCA and the World Student Christian Federation, Mott was instrumental in the founding of the World Council of Churches in 1948. We have found reference to Mott supporting Hoover during the 1928 elections. We were unable to positively identify Herbert Clark. After the Hoovers left the White House (March 4, 1933), they returned to Palo Alto, California, where Mrs. Hoover designed their home on a hill overlooking the Sanford University campus, where they had met while students. This letter may have been written from there or from New York, where the Hoovers resided at the Waldorf-Astoria when in the city. HERBERT CLARK HOOVER (1874-1965) served as the 31st U.S. President from 1929-1933. Blamed by many voters for the Great Depression, he had been defeated in his bid for re-election by Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hoover, a capable administrator, had headed the Food Administration to provide relief to Europe and Russia during and after WWI, and he served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (1921-1928). The second President to attain the age of 90 years (John Adams was the first), Hoover lived a record 31 years after leaving the presidency. During his "retirement", Hoover was appointed to commissions to oversee government agencies by Presidents Harry S Truman (1947) and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953). Hoover also wrote a number of books and articles. Worthy of further research. Encapsulated. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Stray ink marks at right edge above signature. Fine condition.

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