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[Letter] 1945 May 26, Washington [to] Tad [Francis E. Walter] / Tom [Clark].

Title: [Letter] 1945 May 26, Washington [to] Tad [Francis E. Walter] / Tom [Clark].
Personal Author: Clark, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977.
Date: 1945 May 26.
Extent: [1] leaf.
General Note: The letter is written on Assistant Attorney General 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 characterizes knowing Walter as "one of the bright spots" of his time in Washington. He states that he is counting on Walter's counsel. 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.
Corporate Subject: United States. Department of Justice.
Subject: Cold War--Political aspects--United States.
Recipient: Walter, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1894-1963.
 

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