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    Truman appoints the second United Nations Ambassador to the Third Session of the General Assembly

    Harry S. Truman Document Signed as President Appointing Warren R. Austin to the Third Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Oversized document, 23" x 19", City of Washington, August 11, 1948. Warren Robinson Austin (1877-1962), Senator from Vermont, was a strong supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt's international policies. Upon the formation of the General Assembly of the United Nations, he would resign from office in July 1946 to accept President Truman's appointment as Ambassador. He would be the second person to ever serve as ambassador to the United Nations, preceded only by Acting Ambassador Herschel Johnson. We offer here, his third consecutive appointment to the Third Session of the General Assembly. Austin would continue as Ambassador to the U.N. until 1953. Also included:

    Harry Truman Typed Letter Signed "Harry", one page on White House letterhead, 7" x 9", July 20, 1946. Truman thanks Austin for his letter and adds: "It was a pleasure to me to name you as the Senior Representative of the General Assembly of the United Nations." Dated just days after Austin's resignation as Senator from Vermont. Single horizontal fold, else fine.

    Also included, are two original ink drawings (each approximately 14" x 22") by political cartoonist Tom Gray of The Chicago Times, depicting commentary on the challenges faced by the United Nations. One of the drawings is inscribed by Gray to Austin. Also included is a carbon copy of a letter from Austin to Gray, dated February 13, 1948, thanking Gray for the two cartoons and enclosing a copy of his address before the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations delivered December 17, 1947 (copy included). An important and attractive group, commemorating Truman's entry into world politics.

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