Lot 72: TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, September 29, 1945. Letter to Governor of Rhode Island J. Howard McGrath, in full: "I appreciate your telegram very much. It was a pleasure to me to appoint you Solicitor General, and I am more than gratified that you will accept the nomination. It is a great office and I know you will fill it with much credit." Creasing to left side, a postmark and rusty paperclip marks to upper left corner, and reduced ink flow to a single letter of the signature, otherwise fine condition. A week after this letter was written, McGrath resigned from his post as Rhode Island governor to assume the post of Solicitor General. In 1949, he was again appointed by Truman, this time as the United States Attorney General. The tables would turn three years later, however, when—after McGrath refused to cooperate amid surfacing reports of corruption within his own Justice Department—Truman asked for and was given McGrath's resignation.
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Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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