The eldest of President Hoover's children was likewise an engineer and politician; his many business dealings gave him experience dealing with foreign nations, which came to President Eisenhower's attention, and he became his Under Secretary of State from 1954 to 1957 under John Foster Dulles. Item #43747
TLS, 1p, 8" X 10½", Washington, DC, 21 December 1956. Addressed to Gordon B. Carson. Very good. Faint original folds; single staple hole at upper left. On imprinted "The Under Secretary of State" letterhead, Hoover writes to the dean of Ohio State University's College of Engineering, declining to speak at the annual conference of the College of Engineering. In part: "Due to my recent decision to return to private life and the uncertainties now of what my future schedule will hold, I feel I will not be able to make any firm commitments...." Boldly signed in full in bright blue ink.