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ROBERT C. WEAVER. Photograph inscribed and signed: "For Danny Franklin/with best wishes/Robert C Weaver". B/w, 8x10. Slightly creased at blank margins and corners. Minor surface creases (most not evident head on), some at facial image. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by TLS: "Gerald Huard" as Director, Division of Public Affairs, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1969 January 14. On letterhead of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Secretary to Mr. Danny Franklin, Sunnyslope, Arizona. In full: "Secretary Weaver has asked me to express to you his deep gratitude for your thoughtful letter. He especially appreciated your birthday greeting. Dr. Weaver recently left the Department to assume his new duties as President of Baruch College in New York City. Before his departure he signed the enclosed picture for your collection. Sincerely yours". Slightly creased. Fine condition. In 1966, Robert Clifton Weaver (1907-1997), a noted economist, was appointed the first Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by President Lyndon Johnson; he served until 1968. Over his long political career, Weaver held positions in the Department of the Interior, the Federal Housing Authority (1937-1940) and the War Production Board (1940-1944). In 1961, he had been appointed by President Kennedy to head the Housing and Home Finance Agency. When the agency was elevated to Cabinet level in January 1966, Weaver became the first Black American Cabinet member. During his tenure, Weaver increased the availability of affordable housing, striving for the passage of the Fair Housing Act, which worked to end housing discrimination, and launched a revitalization of America's urban centers. In July 2000, the HUD headquarters was renamed the Robert C. Weaver Federal Building. Two items.

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Born: December 29, 1907 in Washington, District of Columbia
Died: July 17, 1997 in New York City, New York

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