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PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/02/1921 - HFSID 57238

HERBERT HOOVER As Secretary of Commerce (1921), he signs a typed letter arranging for the head of the American Relief Administration to brief Alton B. Parker, former Democratic nominee for President. Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover" as Harding's Secretary of Commerce, 1 page, 8x10¼.

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HERBERT HOOVER
As Secretary of Commerce (1921), he signs a typed letter arranging for the head of the American Relief Administration to brief Alton B. Parker, former Democratic nominee for President.
Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover" as Harding's Secretary of Commerce, 1 page, 8x10¼. Department of Commerce, Washington, 1921 December 2. To Alton B. Parker, The National Civic Federation, Metropolitan Tower, New York City. In full: "I have your letter of November 30th and have asked Mr. Baker of the American Relief Administration to call on you and explain the relief situation in Russia." In August of 1921, 18 million people in Russia were reported to be starving and there were over 47,000 cases of cholera. A worldwide appeal was made by Soviet leader V.I. Lenin to all nations to send aid and help "their starving fellows in Russia". Grass soup was found to be a staple amongst Russian peasants. On September 21, 1921, the U.S. reported feeding 20,000 children in Petrograd. On October 4, the League of Nations refused aid to Russia and blamed its famine on its politics. On November 24, the first wave of American women arrived in Moscow to aid the famine victims. HERBERT CLARK HOOVER, who served as Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge, was a qualified expert on relief efforts. In 1914-1915, he had served as Chairman of the American Relief Committee in London, before becoming Chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (1915-1918) and the United States Food Administrator (1917-1919). Hoover also served as Chairman of the European Relief Council in 1920 before his tenure as Secretary of Commerce. With Coolidge's limited support, Hoover became the nation's 31st U.S. President (1929-1933). ALTON B. PARKER (1852-1926), a judge and lawyer, was the Democratic Party's Presidential candidate in 1904. Hoover and Parker had something in common: each lost a landslide Presidential election to a Roosevelt: Hoover to FDR in 1932; Parker to TR in 1904, the only Presidential contest in the 20th century in which the Democrats fielded the more conservative candidate. Lightly stained on verso, which has 2 tape remnants that lightly show-through at blank areas. Penciled notations (unknown hand) barely visible at lower blank area. Light orange pencil line scarcely discernible under Hoover's signature. Creased (not at signature). Overall, fine appearance.

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