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He writes to Basil "Doc" O'Connor saying "I am sorry that you were unable to be with us at the reception on January 20th on behalf of the Harry S. Truman Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University."
Typed Letter signed: "Averill", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., 1960 February 15. On his personal letterhead to Mr. Basil O'Connor, New York, N.Y. Begins: "Dear Doc". In full: "I am sorry that you were unable to be with us at the reception on January 20th on behalf of the Harry S. Truman Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University. Those who were present showed very real interest in the establishment of the Chair. President Truman has told me of his deep appreciation to those who are helping with this fund, particularly because of his keen interest in American history. I am enclosing the card which was distributed at the meeting [not included], together with an envelope addressed to Brandeis, for your convenience in the event you want to join in completing the fund." William Averill Harriman (1891-1986) was the son of railroad tycoon Edward Harriman. Active in business and finance in his youth, he later devoted himself to government service. Harriman was Ambassador to the Soviet Union (1943-1946) and then to Great Britain (1946), Secretary of Commerce (1946-1948), Governor of New York (1955-1959) and a candidate for the Democratic Presidential nomination (1952, 1956). As Ambassador at Large under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, he helped negotiate the Geneva Agreement on Laos (1962), the nuclear test ban treaty (1963) and the initial phase of the Paris peace negotiations on Vietnam (1968-1969). Harriman was known as one of the so-called Wise Men who advised U.S. Presidents in the decades after WWII. BASIL "DOC" O'CONNOR (1892-1972) was President Franklin Roosevelt's former law partner (1925-1933) and a President of the American Red Cross (1944-1949). Lightly creased. Normal mailing folds (affecting the "A" in signature). 2 filing holes at upper blank margin, pencil note (unknown hand) at left margin. Lightly toned and soiled at blank right margin. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: November 15, 1891 in New York City, New York
Died: July 26, 1986 in Yorktown Heights, New York

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