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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/28/1950 - HFSID 70170

RICHARD NIXON Congressman Nixon writes to a supporter that he is not supporting the bill to limit mail delivery in order to cut spending. Typed Letter Signed: "Richard Nixon" as Congressman, 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1950 June 28. To Wade E. Edwards, Los Angeles, California.

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RICHARD NIXON
Congressman Nixon writes to a supporter that he is not supporting the bill to limit mail delivery in order to cut spending.
Typed Letter Signed: "Richard Nixon" as Congressman, 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1950 June 28. To Wade E. Edwards, Los Angeles, California. In full: "I wish to thank you for your recent letter protesting the action of the Post Office Department in curtailing mail delivery. Although I strongly support genuine measures of economy in government, I do not approve of this curtailment of essential service to the people. The amount of money that is proposed to be saved by this action is very small as compared with the economies which would be effected through adoption of the Hoover Commission's recommendations, concerning operation of the Post Office Department. It is unfortunate that the present national administration, whenever it has a choice between reduction of expenditures at the Washington level and in direct service to the people, consistently takes the latter course. In my opinion, this policy should be reversed; economy can be achieved in the bureaus in Washington without any loss of essential services, such as curtailment of mail delivery service. Legislation rescinding the Post Office Department order is now under consideration in the House, and I wish to assure you that I am giving this my full support. Sincerely yours,". Congressman Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) of California signed this letter in June of 1950 while he was campaigning for election to the United States Senate. It was a time when his political career was on the rise. The month this letter was signed, President Truman authorized a military response to the North Korean Communists' full-scale invasion of South Korea (June 25, 1950). It was Truman's unpopular "limited war" strategy in the Korean conflict and Nixon's growing visibility as an opponent of Communism that made the California Senator a favorable choice as Dwight D. Eisenhower's running mate in the 1952 presidential race. Nixon was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1950, campaigning on the question concerning communists in government during a time when the spread of Communism was a key political issue. As Vice President, Nixon developed his talents in foreign diplomacy during his goodwill tours of African (1957) and South American nations (1958). He gained presidential experience by standing-in for Eisenhower during each of his three illnesses. The popularity generated by his trip to the Soviet Union boosted him into the Republican presidential nomination in July 1960. Fold creases not at signature. Fine condition.

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