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[Letter] December 18, Washington, DC [to] Tad [Francis E. Walter] / Tom Clark.

Title: [Letter] December 18, Washington, DC [to] Tad [Francis E. Walter] / Tom Clark.
Personal Author: Clark, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977.
Extent: [1] leaf.
General Note: The letter is written on Supreme Court of the United States, Chambers of Justice Tom C. Clark letterhead. See also Walter's biography and a guide to research collections of his papers (http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000108).
Abstract: Clark extends Christmas greetings to Walter, but states that these are "Serious times." He reminisces about a speaking engagement in Bethlehem with Stu Symington. Clark began his career in Texas as a district attorney; the influence of his mentor Sam Rayburn, who is represented in the collection, secured him an appointment in 1937 in the Bureau of War Risk Litigation. In Washington, Clark handled antitrust, war claims, war fraud, and the relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War II. As Chief of War Frauds unit in 1942 he befriended Harry Truman who appointed him Attorney General in 1945 and Supreme Court justice in 1949 in recompense for developing Truman's anti-Communist program and passing civil rights legislation. Clark dismantled segregation by supporting the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education; he was also an advocate for the House Un-American Activities Committee, voting to sustain its investigative powers in 1961. The letter's recipient, Congressman Walter, was chairman of the Committee on Un-American Activities. Walter also served in World War II and as a Representative from Pennsylvania in the seventy-third and fifteen succeeding Congresses, serving from 1933 until his death May 31, 1963.
Personal Subject: Clark, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977--Correspondence
Walter, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1894-1963--Correspondence
Symington, Stuart, 1901-.
Corporate Subject: United States. Supreme Court.
Subject: Cold War--Political aspects--United States.
Geographical Subject: Bethlehem (Pa.).
Recipient: Walter, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1894-1963.
 

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