Hoover, Herbert

Scarce ALS, 1925 letter of sympathy as Secretary of Commerce

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(1874-1964) Mining engineer 1895-1913 in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Secretary of Commerce 1921-28 (Harding-Coolidge), President of the US 1929-33. ALS on 9 x 7 letterhead as Secretary of Commerce with Department crest at top left, Washington, "Dec. 8" (1925), to Mrs. (Marie Mattingly) Meloney, lovely letter of sympathy (on death of her husband, William B. Meloney), in full: “I feel helpless in trying to extend to you the wish in our hearts to be of support to you at this time. We do extend to you our sympathies and we do trust that your courage will carry you through this the greatest trial that can come to you. Sincerely your friend [signed]” In his 1989 book "From The White House Inkwell", historian John M. Taylor states: “…Hoover remains rare in ALS form. Even more than Woodrow Wilson, he was addicted to the typewriter…At one time Hoover himself claimed that he had not written more than a dozen autograph letters in his lifetime, and although this estimate was off the mark, his ALSs remain elusive.” Marie Mattingly Meloney (1878-1943) American journalist and editor. In 1895 became a reporter for the Washington Post, then chief of the Washington bureau of the Denver Post in 1897 at age 18. In 1900 moved to NYC working briefly for the World, the Herald, and the Sun (1901–04), to which she contributed a column called “Men About Town.” M. William B. Meloney, an editor on the Sun June 1904 and retired to domestic life for a decade. Edited Woman’s Magazine 1914-20, associate editor of Everybody’s 1917-20, edited the Delineator 1921-26. In her position as a women’s magazine editor, promoted campaigns for relief for postwar Europe (for which she was decorated by France and Belgium), and cancer research, toward which she raised $100,000 to purchase a gram of radium for Marie Curie in 1921. Named editor of the Sunday magazine of the New York Herald Tribune Forum on Current Problems, prestigious event that drew statesmen from around the world. In 1935 became editor of This Week, experimental Sunday magazine published by the Herald Tribune and distributed with it and other newspapers around the country, reaching circulation of six million, resigned 1942. William B. Meloney (1878-1925) journalist, playwright, author, soldier, man of the sea. Briefly jailed as young man for attempting to restore Queen Liliuokalani to Hawaiian throne, San Francisco and NYC newsman, aide to NYC mayors Gayner and Mitchell. In WW I, served as an artillery officer in France, gassed in Meuse-Argonne offensive. Became shipping expert and author, wrote history of shipping, “The Heritage of Tyre” (praised by Joseph Conrad and railroad tycoon James B. Hill).

Condition: Very good, light overall toning, clip sdtain remnant top left corner, mount remnants on verso of blank 4th page
Type:Letter






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