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#39 - Harry S. Truman Estimate: $1,500+

Truman honors the "the Great South American Liberator" in Bolivar, Missouri

Impressive program and press release from President Harry S. Truman’s statue dedication of Simon Bolivar in Bolivar, Missouri, on July 5, 1948. The original ceremony program, entitled “Commemorating the Dedication of the Statue of Simon Bolivar, the Great South American Liberator,” 76 pages, 9 x 12, is signed on the front cover in fountain pen by Truman, who also signs again on page 14 below his presidential portrait. The stapled press release, two pages, 8 x 14, issued by Assistant Press Secretary Eben A. Ayers, contains the president’s full ceremony speech and is signed at the conclusion in fountain pen by Truman. The speech reads, in part: “We have come together today to dedicate a statue of the great South American Liberator, Simon Bolivar. This man led the movement for the liberation of half a continent. His memory is part of the spirit of freedom and independence in North and South America alike…When Bolivar was born, in 1783, the movement toward independence in the New World had only begun. When he died, in 1830, sovereign states were governing themselves throughout the whole hemisphere. Today, we honor the memory of the Liberator in a spirit of thanksgiving for his great part in establishing freedom and democracy in the Americas…If at times our progress seems slow, we must remain steadfast in the faith which sustained the great leaders of the past who, like Simon Bolivar, fought for human liberty and understanding among the nations. This monument will be an enduring symbol of these great aspirations, of the warm friendship between Venezuela and the United States. In this spirit I am glad to accept this statue on behalf of the Government and the people of the United States.” Includes a transmittal letter from Presidential Secretary Matthew J. Connelly, dated September 1, 1948. In overall fine condition.

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