Herbert Hoover 1931 Typed Letter Signed as President – To George Wickersham


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31st President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Herbert Hoover” AS PRESIDENT, July 29, 1931, White House letterhead, to former Attorney General George C. Wickersham, writing to him at the League of Nations Association in New York City, in full:

I have received the kind letter of July 27th which you and Chairman Strong have been good enough to send me, and I want to thank you cordially for it.

In excellent condition, mailing fold.

The National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement (also known unofficially as the Wickersham Commission) was a committee established by the U.S. President, Herbert Hoover, on May 20, 1929. Former Attorney General George W. Wickersham (1858–1936) chaired the 11-member group, which was charged with surveying the U.S. criminal justice system under Prohibition and making recommendations for public policy.

During the 1928 presidential campaign Herbert Hoover supported the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (which had introduced nationwide alcohol prohibition) but he recognized that evasion of the law was widespread and that prohibition had fueled the growth of organized crime.

The final report concluded that law enforcement was abusing their power across the country and that bribery was rampant. The report detailed the federal failure to enforce prohibition but did not conclude that prohibition should be repealed.