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    J. Edgar Hoover Archive of Twelve Letters , dated between 1924 and 1938. The first two letters were written shortly after Hoover became director of the Bureau of Investigation in 1924. (Hoover letters from the 1920s and early 1930s are rare.) All are typed letters signed either "J. Edgar Hoover" or "J. E. H." Eight are on letterhead reading, "U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation" (one of the eight reads "Federal Bureau of Investigation"). Many letters come with their original transmittal envelopes. All letters are written to John J. Edwards.

    The letters contain content concerning the Bureau of Investigation's financial appropriations, the troubled New York office, and gossip concerning mutual acquaintances. They also contain Hoover's observations on presidential politics. In the first letter, dated July 25, 1924, he writes of the "turmoil in this country over the Democratic convention. While it lasted it was better than a three ring circus and I think everybody I know in Washington who claimed to be a Democrat was about willing to vote for Coolidge. . . . The nomination, however, of [John W.] Davis has seemed to give some of the dyed-in-the-wool Democrats courage . . . if elected, I believe will give the country a very excellent administration. From the way it looks now, however, the LaFollette group will deflect more votes from the Democrats than the Republicans." In the September 12, 1924, letter, Hoover notes that the "political situation in the states is most interesting. . . . It seems to be the consensus of opinion of most persons that the reason why the state [Maine] went Republican was on account of Coolidge. There had been a very bitter fight in the state for governorship between a Klan and an Anti-Klan candidate. The Republican candidate was supported by the Klan and the Democrat candidate was supported by the Anti-Klan. There was no doubt but that if this issue had been fought out alone the Democrats would have carried the state."

    The letters - consisting of twenty pages in all - are dated July 25, 1924; September 12, 1924; February 2, 1932; March 3, 1932; March 17, 1932; March 22, 1932; April 5, 1932; April 9, 1932; April 21, 1932; July 23, 1936; August 15, 1936 (accepting Edward's resignation from the FBI); and February 26, 1938. Some letters exhibit paper clip residue in the upper left corner. Smoothed folds in all letters. Also included is a bookmark containing John Edwards' Washington Post obituary.

    J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) began his service as the sixth director of the Bureau of Investigation in May 1924. In March 1935, he became the first director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a post he held until 1972. John J. Edwards served as a special agent, then an inspector, and finally as the assistant director of the bureau.

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