Hoover, J. Edgar

1956 TLS as FBI Director to a noted US statesman-diplomat, thanking him for bringing material on a Native American activist to his attention

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(1895-1972) Controversial and legendary 1st FBI Director 1924-72, known for chasing gangsters, Nazis and Communists. TLS on 10 x 8 letterhead as FBI Director, Washington, May 11 1956, to Hon. Joseph C. Grew, Washington, DC. Hoover received a copy of a letter to Grew from Mrs. Richard Codman with its enclosures, his thoughtfulness in bringing this to Hoover's attention "is indeed appreciated." JOSEPH C. GREW (1880-1965) entered diplomatic service in 1904, Chief of State Dept. Division of Western European Affairs 1918. Minister to Denmark 1920, Switzerland 1921, Under Secretary of State 1924. Ambassador to Turkey 192732, and to Japan 1932 until right after Pearl Harbor. Special Asst. to Secretary of State Hull 194244, Under Secretary of State 194445, Acting Secretary of State for most of late Jan. 1945-early Aug. 1945. (HELEN) WINNIFRED (MRS. RICHARD) CODMAN (1895-1991), social worker-reformer, an influential member of the Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, California, community. She was from a pioneer California family, a member of the DAR and, in the 1930s, chaired the DAR Indian Citizenship Committee. In 1935 she persuaded her DAR chapter to help an old Indian woman and her grandchild purchase a tent. Her concern about Indians living in poverty ultimately resulted in the creation of the DAR American Indians Committee. She was a Bureau of Indian Affairs fieldworker and photographer 1934-38, a correspondent (1937-50s) of Smithsonian Native American linguist J.P. Harrington, and a friend and patron (1928-50) of the Auburn Rancheria tribe in the Sierra Nevada foothills in California. She filed a report on Aging Indians in New Deal California (date unknown). She was long interested in community affairs in which she took strong partisan positions and had a penchant for public comments, verbal and with long letters to newspaper editors, and sometimes published and circulated tracts of her own. The nature of her correspondence with Ambassador Grew is unknown.

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Type:Letter






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