Title Harry S. Truman
Number 55096
Size 8.5" x 11"
Date May 8, 1963
Place [Kansas City, Missouri]
Category Presidential
Price $1,400.00
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Signed Harry Truman 22-word inscription on his 79th birthday program honoring his role in the United Nations Charter – presented to his longtime friend and Secretary of the Treasury, John W. Snyder.
Program Signed “Harry S. Truman” on the cover, four pages, 8.5” x 11”, front & verso, conjoined cardstock. [Kansas City, Missouri], May 8, 1963. Inscribed by Truman “To my good friend and long – time associate, Hon. John Snyder / with kindest regards and / deep appreciation of his / support and friendship. / Harry S. Truman.” Fine condition.

Picturing the United Nations building on the cover, imprinted “Seven Decades / and Nine / May 8, 1963 / Hotel Muehlebach / Colonial Ball Room.” On May 8, 1963, Harry Truman celebrated his 79th birthday and a dinner held in his honor at the famed Kansas City hotel where he had held many important meetings in its roof top suite while he was President. The dinner also commemorated the United Nations. Facing an inside page picturing President Truman witnessing the U.S. delegation signing the Charter on June 26, 1945, and separate photographs of the first three U.N. Secretaries-General, is a tribute to the United Nations concluding: “The Man from Missouri fired the enthusiasms of the other great world leaders who helped sculpture its form. In June 1945, President Harry S. Truman’s wisdom, dedication and strength rallied the San Francisco Conference for chartering the United Nations with this prayer: ‘Let us not fail to grasp this supreme chance to establish a world-wide rule of reason – to create an enduring peace under the guidance of God.’”

On June 29, 1945, after returning from San Francisco, President Truman, at his temporary suite atop the Hotel Muehlebach, had met with former Kansas Governor and 1936 Republican presidential nominee Alf Landon to discuss bipartisan support for prompt ratification of the Charter. On July 28, 1945, the Senate voted 89-2 for ratification.

John W. Snyder’s close friendship with Harry S. Truman began in 1928 when Truman was a County Judge. They served together in the U.S. Army Reserves after World War I. Harry S. Truman was Colonel of Field Artillery, United States Army Reserve Corps. Lieutenant Colonel John W. Snyder was in Harry Truman’s Missouri Regiment, the 381st Field Artillery, 102nd Division. Snyder had a broad background in banking and business when he was appointed by President Truman as Federal Loan Administrator (1945), Director, Office of Mobilization and Reconversion (1945-1946), and Secretary of the Treasury (1946-1953). Of the 75 Secretaries of the Treasury, from Alexander Hamilton to Timothy Geithner,
only six served longer than John W. Snyder.
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