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    "Drive Carefully you may save a life that will vote Democrat"

    Harry S. Truman Autograph Letter Signed. Three pages on Truman's personal stationery, 5.5" x 8.5"; October 20, 1956. A letter by former president Truman addressed to the Democratic Victory Committee passing on money he had received from three supporters of the Democratic Party.
    To Democratic Victory Committee:

    In Pittsburgh a big electrical worker grabbed me by the hand and left a $5 dollar bill in my hand for the Democratic Victory.

    A good friend of mine who was a guard on one of the government projects called me and asked if he could come in. Of course, I was glad to see him. He handed me $10.00 say his Republican neighbor had bet him that amount that he couldn't get in. He wants it used to beat the Republicans.

    I went over to the store of F street to buy a black tie for a tux. I walked up to 14th & F and stopped for the light. A couple of policemen in a car saluted me if we'd win.

    I got into a cab to go back to the Mayflower. When I got out and went to pay my fare the cab driver wouldn't take it. He told me to put the dollar in the Victory Fund for the Democrats. He had a card stuck under his windshield which said Drive Carefully you may save a life that will vote Democratic.
    Harry Truman
    Steel worker $5.00
    Republican bet $10.00
    Taxi driver $1.00
    $16.00

    After his presidency ended in March 1953, Truman and First Lady Bess Truman moved back to Independence, Missouri, where he wrote his memoirs and was involved in the founding of the Truman Library. He kept his hand in Democratic politics. Truman did not support Adlai Stevenson for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1956 as he did in 1952, supporting instead the candidacy of Averell Harriman, governor of New York. Being a staunchly loyal party man, however, he supported the ticket and platform once it was accepted. On the last day of the 1956 Democratic National Convention, on August 17, Truman pledged his "full support to Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver." Truman said the country "needs a Democratic victory as badly as it ever did in its history." This letter to the Democratic Victory Committee enclosed $16.00 he had received from three individuals, all supporters of the Democratic Party. This letter shows that the former president was still passionately involved with Democratic Party politics.

    Condition: Horizontal mail fold, and a few stray stains. Lightly toned.


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