33rd President. Typed letter signed “Harry S. Truman” AS PRESIDENT, 8×10.25, April 1, 1952, The White House Washington stationery. The letter is addressed to “Honorable John R. Steelman / The Assistant to the President / The White House”, in full:
I hereby designate you Acting Director of Defense Mobilization, effective as of the resignation of Mr. Charles E. Wilson. You will serve in this capacity in addition to performing your duties as the Assistant to the President, but without additional compensation, until Mr. Wilson’s successor assumes office.
During the period of your incumbency as Acting Director of Defense Mobilization, you are authorized to exercise all the powers delegated to the Director of Defense Mobilization. Such of these powers as relate to the administration of the authority conferred by title IV of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, shall be exercised by you under my personal direction and control, and in my name.
In very good condition, paperclip impressions at top. Accompanied by White House transmittal envelope.
John Roy Steelman (June 23, 1900 – July 14, 1999) was first person to serve as “The Assistant to the President of the United States”, in the administration of President Harry S. Truman from 1946 to 1953. The office later became the White House Chief of Staff.