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Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972.  33rd President of the United States.  Typed Letter Signed, Harry S. Truman, on personal stationery, Independence, Missouri, April 11, 1957.  With original envelope. 

In this warm letter, Truman touches on a variety of issues:  the Democratic party, the 1948 presidential election in which Truman pulled the political upset of the century, his interest in history, and his family heritage.  Trumans humility shines through.  Thanking a priest for an enjoyable letter, Truman writes, in full:  “I don't know when I have received a letter that I enjoyed reading as much as I did yours of March 23rd.  Your father evidently was my kind of a Democrat and it seems that he raised his children in the right way.  /  You were exceedingly complimentary to me in that letter.  If you were present and looking at me I think I would be embarrassed but I am very happy to have frank statements such as the one you sent me.  /  I was particularly intrigued regarding the ham broadcast of the 1948 election.  It must have been most interesting.  /  If you are ever in this part of the world come in and we will have a talk on history and affairs in general.  /  P.S.  Your father would have been half right.  My mother was half Irish."

Truman has signed this letter boldly in black fountain pen.  The letter is in fine condition with normal mailing folds, one of which touches the signature, and slight soiling at the edges.  The envelope is torn and slightly soiled but overall is in good condition.




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