33rd President. Typed letter signed “Harry S. Truman”, 7.25×10.5, July 23, 1964, personal Independence, Missouri stationery, to Francis P. Whitehair, his former Under Secretary of the Navy, in full:
I more than appreciated yours of the 2nd, and I am sorry to have been so long in answering it but I seem to have difficulty in getting through the large volume of mail which I always have before me.
You have my best wishes for a rapid and complete recovery from the surgery you have been forced to undergo. I was sorry to hear that you had to have it done.
Truman adds a handwritten postscript: You remember what you told me about the Old Chief!
Accompanied by the original mailing envelope.
Mailing folds, paperclip impression at top left.
Francis P. Whitehair (1900-1977) was a Florida lawyer and politician and is best remembered for serving as the Under Secretary of the Navy from August 7, 1951-January 29, 1953 during the Truman administration. He was a partner of Landis, Fish, Hull & Whitehair from 1926 and heavily involved in Florida Democratic Party machine politics ultimately running an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1940. During WWII, he served in the Navy Reserve and was made Attorney General of Samoa in 1943. In 1951 he was appointed as the Under Secretary of the Navy by Truman until he resigned when Eisenhower came to office.