Hoover, Lou Henry

4 page post-White House ALS written on a train to family friend Marie Sullivan

Price: $235.00

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(1875-1944) M. Herbert C. Hoover 1899, 1st Lady 1929-33 (first president’s wife born west of the Mississippi). During WW I, she assisted her husband in providing relief for Belgian refugees and was decorated in 1919 by King Albert I of Belgium. While Hoover served in the cabinet of Presidents Harding & Coolidge, she was national president of the Girl Scouts of America. She was the first First Lady to broadcast on a regular basis as a guest speaker on a number of occasions, often advocating volunteerism or discussing the work of the Girl Scouts. She played a critical role in designing and overseeing construction of the presidential retreat at Rapidan Camp in Virginia. She was well versed in geology, Chinese and Latin. ALS to friend Marie Sullivan, 4pp (separate 8 ½ x 6 plain sheets), no place, no date, in pencil on plain paper. Mrs. Hoover praises her friend and her (Florida) home, remarks on just making their train and how lucky they were to have called ahead to have gotten a seat. She hopes the Sullivans will visit the Hoovers in California with their family, suggesting they drive out. She offers to send a cold cream-like substance called “morganitone”, apparently a bug repellant. She comments on not having a fountain pen and proper paper: “I never can keep a fountain pen working – and this train provides no paper. However it is not as jiggly as most, altho’ you may doubt that.” With rather rushed (or “jiggly”) signature. Mark and Marie Sullivan were friends of Herbert and Lou Hoover. Mark Sullivan Sr. was a muckraking journalist, confidant of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Ford and a self-styled Progressive Republican. He wrote “Our Times”, a bestselling popular history of the US covering 1900-25, publ. in 6 vols. between 1926-36.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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