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PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/30/1928 - HFSID 30792

HERBERT HOOVER Six weeks before the Republican Convention, Hoover signs a typed letter thanking the President of MIT, who had helped Hoover win the Massachusetts primary. Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Washington, D.C., 1928 April 30. To President S.W.

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HERBERT HOOVER
Six weeks before the Republican Convention, Hoover signs a typed letter thanking the President of MIT, who had helped Hoover win the Massachusetts primary.
Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover", 1 page, 7¼x10½. Washington, D.C., 1928 April 30. To President S.W. Stratton, Mass. Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. In full: "Needless to say I was deeply touched by the result of the primary in Massachusetts last week. I feel that this was in no small part due to your fine support, and I am very grateful." On June 14, 1928, two months later, Hoover was nominated for President at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City. He had served as Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge since March 5, 1921. On August 21, 1928, Hoover left the Cabinet. On November 6, 1928, he was elected President, defeating Democrat Al Smith. SAMUEL W. STRATTON (1861-1931) served as President of M.I.T. from 1923-1930. The first Presidential primary election, designed to give ordinary citizens a greater voice in candidate selection, was held in North Dakota in 1912. Primaries gradually became more common, but until the 1970s they were primarily "beauty contests" expressing voter sentiment but not binding a state's delegates. In the course of a century, primaries have evolved from an very minor to a dominant role in the selection of party nominees at all levels of government. Referral stamping in lower blank portion. Marked "Personal" by Hoover in upper left. Lightly creased. Erased notes at upper right (unknown hand). Overall, fine condition.

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