33rd President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Harry S. Truman” AS PRESIDENT, March 13, 1948, 7×9, The White House Washington stationery, to Charles Wheatley in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in full:
I appreciated very much your letter of the tenth and I remember, of course, the 1944 and ’40 campaigns – both terrific affairs and it looks as if we are faced with another one equally as strenuous.
I also appreciate your offer of help and I am going to count on it.
In very good condition. Accompanied by original White House mailing envelope.
Charles D. Wheatley (June 27, 1893 in Rosedale, Kansas – December 10, 1982 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) was a right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1912. Wheatley made his major league debut on September 6, 1912 and played his final game on October 6, 1912. He started five games for the Tigers, completing two of them and going 1–4 with a 6.17 ERA. In 35 innings, he allowed 45 hits and 17 walks while striking out 14 batters. Wheatley, at 19 years old, was the ninth youngest player in the league that season. Wheatley pioneered the invention of industrial valve equipment for the pipeline industry. He worked as a salesman and then as a free agent distributor for his brother’s valve company before organizing the Charles Wheatley Valve Co. in the 1950s. He sold the business in 1970 for $10 million to Tesoro Petroleum.