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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Greeley, Horace; Medill, Joseph
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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, ca. 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

[Undated, 1952]

Jackson County

Took it over Jan. 1, 1927.

Two Court Houses falling down, a floating debt of 2 1/2 million dollars. A road system completely worn out.

Left the County in 1934 solvent with the finest road system west of the Mississippi and two new and up to date courthouses.

Responsible for the expenditure of 50 million dollars over the 8 year period with no breath of scandal. Considered the best Presiding Judge in the State and the best Jackson County ever had. In the Senate 1935 to '37. Vice-Chairman subcommittee on R.R. investigation. Co author Transportation Act 1940.

Chairman subcommittee which wrote Civil Aeronautics Act.

On Senate appropriations committee knew every figure in every budget beginning with 1935 to 1945.

When the war emergency came in 1940, rode 30,000 miles in my own car inspecting contracts and construction work, organized the Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program Feb. 28, 1941. Ran it until Nov. 1944 was voted one of ten men who had made the greatest contribution to the war effort and was credited with saving the government 15 billions of dollars. There was never a minority report by that Special committee, something unheard of in the history of investigating committees.

Was not a candidate for Vice President in 1944 but was forced into it by Pres. Roosevelt himself.

Some of the greatest decisions were made in the first four years.

Never, did I take a cocky attitude as President that is a situation in your mind not mine.

You evidently belong to that class of individuals who are sure that the man in the White House should be patronized and belittled. It is neither sporting nor proper at this stage. But thank God it won't your ilk who will make the real appraisal.

Horace Greely and old man Medill remarked of Lincoln's address at Gettysburg that "the President made the usual ass of himself." That's one thing I've read and the implication of which I'm sure I'm "wise" enough to understand. Ponder it.


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