PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/21/1920 - HFSID 52220
Herbert Hoover signs a typed letter asking for a donation for the children of Central and Eastern Europe.
Typed Letter Signed: "Herbert Hoover", 1p, 7x10. No place, 1920 December 21. To Blanche Beer, New York City, New York. In full: "In order to visualize to the American people and to the people of Europe the sum of effort of the people of New York, General Pershing, Franklin K. Lane and I will give a dinner in New York at the Hotel Commodore at 7:30 Wednesday evening, December 29th, at which 350,000 starving and diseased children of Central and Eastern Europe, which New York can provide for, will be present in spirit as 'invisible guests'. The menu, of which I am sending you a copy, will be typical of that which America is daily giving these undernourished children. The persons whom we are asking to attend this dinner are those individuals, also those workers and those representatives of any association, who have secured provisions for upwards of a hundred of these 'invisible guests'. Each table will represent a minimum of 1,000 'invisible guests'. Will you give us the pleasure of having you as one of those who has so generously contributed? In this way you will insure the success of the dinner and lend your further support to the cause we have so much at heart. Please telephone your acceptance to C. C. Stetson, care European Relief Council, 42 Broadway, New York. Telephone - - Broad 7210, so that a ticket may be sent you. Yours faithfully". After the Hoovers had left the White House (March 4, 1933), they returned to Palo Alto, California, where Mrs. Hoover designed their home on a hill overlooking the Stanford University campus, where they had met while students. Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964) served as the 31st U.S. President from 1929-1933. Blamed by many voters for the Great Depression, he had been 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. 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. Fold creases not near signature. Lightly soiled. Fine condition.
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