William MacCraken, America's First Aviation Regulator

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William P. MacCracken Jr. was the first federal regulator of aviation, having been appointed by President Herbert Hoover as the first Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aviation in 1926. MacCracken was fond of Charles Lindberg. 

MacCracken was an experienced aviator who served as a flight instructor during World War I. In his presidential appointed role, MacCracken helped to draft many needed safety standards. He left the Commerce Department in 1929 to resume the practice of law. He continued to be involved in aviation and advised and represented many of the major airlines.

Offered here is a typed letter signed, normal folds, on MacCracken's law office stationary to William J. McKenzie. In part, "While I have not yet arrived at the point where 'long pants' are not a problem, you can see that I still have some problems on my hands. I certainly appreciate your well wishes and reciprocate them most heartily."

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