Sawyer, Charles W.

1951 TLS as Truman's Commerce Secretary saluting a retiring employee

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(1887-1979) Cincinnati-born Secretary of Commerce 1948-53 (Truman). Prominent Ohio Democratic politician between WW I & WW II. Lieut. Governor 1933-35, defeated for governor 1938. He was US Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg 1944-46. While Secretary of Commerce, Sawyer was ordered by Truman to seize and operate American steel mills in 1952 to prevent a labor strike which Truman believed would hamper the ability of the United States to proceed in the war in Korea. He returned to Cincinnati after serving in Truman's Cabinet, joining the law firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, becoming managing partner. He served on the Hoover Commission on Overseas Task Force, the Commission on Money and Credit, and the World's Fair Site Committee. As Secretary of Commerce, Sawyer declared the first National Secretaries Week June 1-7, 1952 and designated Wednesday, June 4, as National Secretaries Day. TLS on 9 x 7 blue printed "The Secretary of Commerce/Washington 25" letterhead, with printed Department seal and buy war bonds logo, December 5 1951. Sawyer writes to Ornan B. Smart of Washington, DC, congratulating him on his retirement after 17 years of government service, 6-1/3 years with the Department of Commerce, and expressing appreciation for his public service. Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952, also called The Youngstown Steel Case or The Steel Seizure Case), was a US Supreme Court decision that limited the power of the President to seize private property in the absence of either specifically enumerated constitutional authority or statutory authority conferred by Congress. The "stinging rebuff" to President Truman by Justice Black's majority decision was qualified by 5 separate concurring opinions making it difficult to determine the details and limits of the President's power to seize private property in emergencies.

Condition: Very good, mail folds
Type:Letter






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