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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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