HARRY S. TRUMAN (May 8, 1884-December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States, serving from 1945 to 1953. He succeeded to the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, after serving as the 34th vice president in early 1945. Truman implemented the Marshall Plan to rebuild the economy and established the Truman Doctrine and NATO to contain communist expansion. Corruption in his administration became a central campaign issue in the 1952 election. He was eligible for re-election but weak polls resulted in his decision not to run. Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower attacked Truman’s record and won easily. When he left office, Truman’s presidency was heavily criticized though critical reassessment of his tenure has been favorable.
8 x 10, black and white, photograph of Truman, matted and framed in a stately black frame with marble matting, inscribed to Chaplain John H. Lobe and a TLS on Truman’s personal stationary, dated April 5, 1972. “I appreciated your letter and I am glad to enclose the autographed picture you requested for use as indicated in your letter...” Truman apparently erred in writing out Lobe’s name on the photograph as John was his middle name.
A beautiful Truman photograph with the accompanying letter.
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