One week before he received the Presidential nomination, Commerce Secretary Hoover signs a typed letter of instructions to a judge in the American Chemical Society's essay contest for high school students.

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One week before he received the Presidential nomination, Commerce Secretary Hoover signs a typed letter of instructions to a judge in the American Chemical Society's essay contest for high school students.
Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover" as Secretary of Commerce, 1 page, 8x10½, affixed to 12½x16 sheet of manila paper. Washington, D.C., 1928 June 4. On official letterhead to Lawrence F. Abbott, "The Outlook" [magazine], New York, N.Y. In full: "As a member of the National Committee of Awards in the Prize Essay Contest of the American Chemical Society, you will be interested to know that the contest has been conducted during its fifth year with even more success than formerly, that increasing numbers of high school students and those in preparatory schools have taken part, and that their teachers have selected from essays prepared in their schools only the best for the contests in the various states, the District of Columbia, and the territorial possessions of the United States. From all these thousands of essays, special committees have selected those awarded first place in each state, and from those fifty have selected the three best in each of the six subjects chosen. Three essays are enclosed and in my capacity as chairman of the National Committee I ask you kindly to rate them first, second, and third. The winner of the first prize in each subject will be awarded a four-year scholarship to Yale, Vassar, or other accredited institution. For the purpose of making these awards, the National Committee has been divided into six groups, one for each subject, and a list of the subcommittees is enclosed for your information. Since it is very desirable to reach a decision promptly, in order that the awards may be presented at commencement and the successful contestants given as much time as possible for making arrangements for next year's work, I am asking that you telegraph direct collect to H. E. Howe, 706 Mills Building, Washington, D.C., giving the rating which you have assigned the authors of the enclosed essays. Your rating, together with that of the other members of your group, will determine the award of one of the scholarships. A stamped envelope is enclosed for the return of the essays. Please accept the thanks of the donors, Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Garvan, and of the Committee on Prize Essays of the American Chemical Society, for your assistance and cooperation in this educational enterprise. Yours faithfully." Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) served as the 31st U.S. President from 1929-1933. Hoover, a capable administrator, had headed the Food Administration to provide relief to Europe and Russia during and after WWI and served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (1921-1928). Blamed by many voters for the Great Depression, he was defeated in his bid for re-election by Franklin D. Roosevelt. 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). He also wrote a number of books and articles. One week after this letter was written, the Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City (June 12-15, 1928), nominated Hoover and his running mate, Charles Curtis of Kansas, on the first ballot. A "creative innovation and writing contest, now called "Chemagination" and open to high school science students, is still sponsored annually by the American Chemical Society. Letter lightly creased, with ¼x¾-inch hole at upper left corner. Left edge of mounting page is irregularly trimmed. Overall, fine condition.

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