Letter on the Award to Alfred E. Smith of the Laetare Medal From the University of Notre Dame.
[Released May 5, 1929. Dated April 24, 1929]
My dear Dr. O'Donnell:
I have your letter of the 22nd, informing me that the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame will on the 5th of May be awarded to Governor Alfred E. Smith.
I am glad you have thus given me the opportunity to join in congratulations to Governor Smith for the honor which you confer upon so distinguished an American and to the University for its public spirit in honoring so great a public servant.
[Rev. Charles L. O'Donnell, C.S.C., President, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana]
Note: Alfred E. Smith was Governor of New York from 1919-1920 and 1923-1928 and was the Democratic nominee for President in 1928. The Laetare Medal was awarded annually to an outstanding Catholic layman.
Herbert Hoover, Letter on the Award to Alfred E. Smith of the Laetare Medal From the University of Notre Dame. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/209381