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PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/15/1920 - HFSID 43952

HERBERT HOOVER Immediately after the Republican Convention of 1920, he signs a typed letter to a female supporter of his Presidential bid. Typed Letter signed: "Herbert Hoover", 1 page, 8x10½. New York City, 1920 June 15. On letterhead of the American Relief Association to Mr.

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HERBERT HOOVER
Immediately after the Republican Convention of 1920, he signs a typed letter to a female supporter of his Presidential bid.
Typed Letter signed: "Herbert Hoover", 1 page, 8x10½. New York City, 1920 June 15. On letterhead of the American Relief Association to Mr. William McCormick Blair, Chicago, Illinois. In full: "This is just a personal note to express in part my gratitude for the generous support which you have given to me. It has indeed been a great honor to have you feel that I am fitted for the great office of President. The question as to who wins in these contests is to me of no less importance than that we keep faith in the great issues before us. We shall have years of great trial in the solution of most difficult questions and, although we have not had our own way as to the tools of their solution, we have no less obligation to stand vigorously for the right handling of these issues. With my deepest appreciation of your friendship, I am, Faithfully yours". Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), a mining engineer and self-made millionaire, gained worldwide acclaim by administering American food aid to Europe during and after World War I. In 1920, the Democratic Party courted him as a potential Presidential nominee. (President Woodrow Wilson was said to favor him, although the incumbent was so unpopular by 1920 that his support might not have been much of an asset.) In any case, Hoover instead sought the Republican nomination, making a strong showing in the California primary and garnering a few votes on each of the ten ballots at the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When that brokered convention finally nominated Ohio Senator Warren Harding, Hoover endorsed him and made two speeches on his behalf. He became Secretary of Commerce in the Harding and Coolidge administrations (1921-1932), and in the latter year won the Presidency, the last American to move directly from a Cabinet post to the White House. Blamed for the ensuing Depression, Hoover lost his bid for re-election to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936. The greatest of his post-Presidential accomplishments was his chairmanship of two "Hoover commissions" on government reorganization under Presidents Truman and Eisenhower. Mrs. William McCormick Blair (nee Helen Bowen) was the wife of a prominent Chicago investment banker, related by marriage to several prominent Illinois politicians, including Republican US Senator Joseph Medill McCormick. The US Senate had passed the 19th Amendment - women's suffrage - three days before the Convention, and the measure would be approved by 3/4s of the states in time for women to vote in the Presidential election that fall. Anticipating this result, the Republican Party seated female delegates for the first time (27 delegates and 129 alternates). Without a complete list of state delegates, it's impossible to know whether Mrs. Blair was a voting delegate for Hoover, or just a well-connected spectator. Lightly browned at edges with light paper loss at right edge. Lightly foxed. Fold creases, nor near signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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