PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/06/1951 - HFSID 5919
The former President signs a typed letter thanking a longtime correspondent for her kind note.
Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover", 1 page, 7¼x10½. The Waldorf-Astoria Towers, New York, New York, 1951 September 6. On sheet imprinted with his name to Mrs. Frank Wadleigh, New York, New York. In full: "I want you to know how deeply I appreciate your kind note and its evidence of so constant friendship. Yours faithfully". Accompanied by original stamped, typed mailing envelope, which bears an ink note (in Mrs. Wadleigh's hand) relating to Hoover's reply. In full: "Hoover/sketch of my greetings/Aug. 8th 51 & his reply/enclosing Iowa speech." Speech not present. Hoover had celebrated his 77th birthday on August 10; the "friendly greeting" probably refers to birthday wishes. We have found evidence of birthday wishes sent by Mrs. Wadleigh in 1936 (fifteen years earlier). We have also found reference to a Frank Wadleigh who was passenger traffic manager for the Denver and Rio Grand Western Railroad. This Frank Wadleigh was responsible for bringing the Arches in Utah to the attention of Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service. In 1929, Hoover signed an executive order that made the Arches a national park. On visits to New York City, the Hoovers made their home at the Waldorf-Astoria at 301 Park Avenue. On a visit there in 1944, Mrs. Hoover suffered a heart attack and died suddenly at the age of 68. The ex-President spent the last years of his life in an apartment at the Waldorf-Astoria Towers. Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) served as the 31st U.S. President from 1929-1933. Blamed by many voters for the Great Depression, he was 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 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", he 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. Slightly creased with folds, not at signature. Fine condition.
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