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Lot #64
Harry S. Truman

Truman’s cabinet shake-up, establishing the secretary of defense

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Truman’s cabinet shake-up, establishing the secretary of defense

Unique seating chart, one cardstock page, 11 x 14, July 31, 1947, signed in fountain pen as president, “Approved, Harry S. Truman.” An official seating chart for the octagonal meeting table in the Cabinet Room in the White House, listing the president at the center, surrounded by his cabinet ministers including the secretaries of labor, agriculture, defense, state, treasury, interior, and commerce, the attorney general, and the postmaster general. In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold. The seating plan for cabinet meetings had to be revised following the National Security Act of 1947, which unified the branches of America’s armed forces and therefore abolished the positions of secretary of war and secretary of the navy; instead, the entirety of the military was to be overseen by the secretary of defense. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal was promoted to the position and took this new seat on September 17, 1947. An extremely unusual format from an important transition period in the leadership of the American military. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs And Artifacts Featuring Animation
  • Dates: #479 - Ended July 13, 2016

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