Lot 75: Important TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, United States Senate letterhead, September 11, 1944. Letter to reporter Joseph Lieb written just two months after his nomination for vice president. In part: "I refused the Vice Presidency until Friday morning of the Convention when I was informed by all sections of the Party that unless I was willing to accept the nomination the Party would split, and I did not feel like taking that responsibility. I was never a candidate for the office and never wanted it…Anyone who could act as a Senator would have no trouble being Vice President." Truman adds a handwritten postscript, "Most Senators preside and know more about the rules and procedure than any V.P. since Jefferson." Overall toning, edgewear, and filing holes to left margin, otherwise fine condition. Although Truman did not actively seek the office, Democratic Party leaders determined him to be a safer candidate than the more liberal incumbent Henry A. Wallace. Truman was chosen in a vote held on the last day of the Democratic National Convention, July 21, 1944. After being inaugurated as vice president on January 20, 1945, he remained in the position for less than two months before becoming president upon Roosevelt's death. An incredibly fascinating Truman letter revealing his thoughts on this historic subject.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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