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, 7 x 10, on his personal stationary and written from his apartment in the Waldorf Astoria Towers on November 26, 1952, to magazine publisher Randolph E. Haugan.
“My dear Mr. Hagan:
“Your lovely Annual has arrived and I just want you to know of my gratitude for this gracious thought.”
Haugan is most frequently associated with Christmas: An American Annual of Christmas Literature and Art, a series he initiated in 1931, and edited throughout his career. He often sent copies as gifts to presidents and dignitaries. Haugan was knighted by King Haakon VII of Norway during World War II for his service to the American Relief of Norway.
Folds, light toning.
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