Harry Truman Typed Letter Signed as President – Great Letter Showing Truman’s Feisty Side!


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33rd President.  Typed letter signed “H.S.T” AS PRESIDENT, with handwritten “Personal & Confidential” in left margin, May 15, 1946, White House stationery, to Hon. Richard R. Nacy, Executive Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, in full:

Matt handed me your note of the seventh with memorandum from George Killion about Governor Harwood of the Virgin Islands.

Governor Harwood, while he was Governor of the Virgin Islands, spent less than one-third of his time in the Islands – the rest of the time was spent here in Washington either trying to get himself appointed Federal Judge or attending to his business in New York. In fact he spend more than three hundred days out of one year in New York. He had the reputation of being as useless, as Governor of the Virgin Islands, as any man could possibly be and I don’t propose to write any note to him which is not the facts. I am sure he does not want that kind of a note from the President.

His was a political appointment in the first place and was not made with any idea that he would contribute anything to the welfare of the Islands, and he didn’t.

Charles A. Harwood was an American lawyer and politician from New York, and Governor of the United States Virgin Islands.  He was Governor of the United States Virgin Islands from February 1941 to January 1946.  President Roosevelt sent Harwood’s nomination to the Senate on 6 January 1941, and Harwood assumed office on 3 February. The press noted that Harwood was a long-time friend of the president’s.  Harwood’s predecessor, Laurence Cramer, had been told to resign by Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes in December after a controversy. Ickes, who had tagged Congressman Kent Keller for the position, wrote that Harwood called him for the job after consulting with Democratic boss Ed Flynn. By 22 February 1941, Ickes noted in his diary that the appointment had been “a tragic joke.”  The patronage appointment of Harwood, opposed by many in the Administration, was viewed as the end of the activist New Deal phase of Virgin Islands administration. Harwood’s tenure was controversial, and he spent more time in Washington D.C. than in the islands.  President Harry Truman replaced Charles Harwood with the Virgin Island’s first black governor, William H. Hastie. Nominated in January, Hastie took office on 18 May 1946.

Simply awesome Truman letter showing his no-nonsense approach!