33rd President. Typed letter signed “Harry S. Truman” AS PRESIDENT, 7×9, August 8, 1951, The White House Washington stationery, to Francis P. Whitehair, his Under Secretary of the Navy, in full:
Thanks a lot for your note of the sixth. I appreciated it very much.
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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.