HERBERT HOOVER was America’s 31st President from 1929 to 1933. Prior to his presidency, he had achieved international success as a mining engineer and worldwide gratitude as “The Great Humanitarian” who fed war-torn Europe during and after World War I. After serving as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge, Hoover became the Republican Presidential nominee in 1928. Within months, the stock market crashed and the nation spiraled into depression. The crisis deepened in 1931, even though Hoover presented to Congress a program asking for the creation of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to aid business, provide additional help for farmers facing mortgage foreclosures, banking reform, a loan to states for feeding the unemployed and expanding public works. His congressional opponents unfairly painted him as a callous and cruel president. He became the scapegoat for the Great Depression and was badly defeated in 1932.
In 1947, Truman appointed Hoover chairman of a commission to reorganize the executive departments. President Eisenhower appointed him to a similar commission in 1953. Hoover became a respected elder statesman.
One page, TLS, on his personal stationary, from his apartment in The Waldorf Towers of New York, January 6, 1960, to Senator Edward Martin. “I am not only glad to have your autobiography but I am especially pleased with the transcription.
“With all good wishes,
Evidence of mounting residue bleeding over to the left border, away from writing.
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