Farley, James A.

Farley seeks Ambassador Grew’s comments on his letter to the President of the National Committee For Free Europe

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(1888-1976) Campaign manager for Al Smith and Franklin D. Roosevelt's New York gubernatorial campaigns and Roosevelt’s 1932 & 1936 presidential campaigns. He was responsible for pulling together the New Deal coalition of Catholics, labor unions, and big city machines. Farley and the patronage machine he presided over helped fuel the infrastructure and social programs of the New Deal via the Post Office Department and WPA/PWA programs. He opposed FDR’s breaking the 2-term tradition of the presidency, and broke with him in 1940. As of 1942, Farley was considered the supreme New York Democratic Party boss. In 1947, President Truman appointed him to the Hoover Commission, a/k/a the Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government. His work would lead to development and ratification of the 22nd Amendment, establishing the modern executive term-limit law. Farley, and others, saw this as vindication for his public opposition to FDR's third term. Farley guided and remained at the helm of Coca-Cola International for 30+ years, responsible for the company's global expansion as a quasi-government agency in WW II, used as a boost to the morale and energy levels of fighting men. Shipped with food and ammunition as a "war priority item," the deal spread Coke's market worldwide at government expense. Also at US expense, 59 new Coke plants were installed post-War to help rebuild Europe. The landmark James Farley Post Office in New York City is designated in his honor as a monument to his career in public service. TLS on 11 x 8 ½ personal letterhead, NYC, December 1 1950, to Hon. Joseph C. Grew, Washington. Farley encloses (not present) a copy of a letter he has written to Dr. Poole, President of the National Committee for a Free Europe and would appreciate Grew’s comments “on this situation”. JOSEPH C. GREW (1880-1965) entered diplomatic service in 1904, Under Secretary of State 1924, Ambassador to Japan 1932 until after attack on Pearl Harbor. Special Assistant to Secretary of State Hull 1942–44, again Under Secretary of State 1944–45 and Acting Secretary for most of late Jan. 1945-early Aug. 1945. DeWITT CLINTON POOLE (1887-1952) US diplomat and educator. Stationed in Germany before WW I, a consul in Moscow when the Russian Revolution broke, imprisoned briefly as the only US representative in Bolshevik Russia. Resigned from foreign service 1930, helped organize Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs, its director 1933-39. Directed OSS Foreign Nationalities Branch, important source of political intelligence for the Roosevelt administration in WW II.

Condition: Very good, few pencil notes in Grew’s hand, very slight wrinkling at top left corner
Type:Letter






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