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Letter Accepting Resignation of Charles Sawyer as Secretary of Commerce.

January 13, 1953

[Released January 13, 1953. Dated January 10, 1953]

Dear Charlie:

Effective at the end of my term of office, January 20, 1953, I accept your resignation as Secretary of Commerce, as you have asked me to do.

Since you took office in May 1948, you have done a great deal in bringing business and Government closer together, in administering the materials control program, in strengthening our national economy, and in preparing a plan for business men to cope with the problems of post-defense markets. These are accomplishments of which we both can be proud. I want also to commend you for your skillful management of the Department of Commerce and its constituent bureaus in the performance of their far-reaching activities in behalf of foreign and domestic commerce, shipping, aviation, transportation, science and invention.

I am grateful for your service during my administration and glad that it has been a satisfying experience for you. Please accept my good wishes.

Sincerely yours,


Note: Mr. Sawyer served as Secretary of Commerce from May 6, 1948, to January 20, 1953. His letter of resignation, dated January 5, was released with the President's reply.

Harry S. Truman, Letter Accepting Resignation of Charles Sawyer as Secretary of Commerce. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/231358

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