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Harry S. Truman

President Harry S. Truman.  Source: Truman Library.

The Public Papers of Harry S. Truman contain most of President Truman's public messages, statements, speeches, and news conference remarks. Documents such as Proclamations, Executive Orders, and similar documents that are published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations, as required by law, are usually not included. The documents within the Public Papers are arranged in chronological order. President Truman delivered the remarks or addresses from Washington, D. C., unless otherwise indicated. The White House in Washington issued statements, messages, and letters unless noted otherwise. (Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1966)

The Public Papers contain items such as the Statement by the President Announcing the Use of the A-Bomb at Hiroshima (August 6, 1945), the Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine (March 12, 1947), the White House Statement Announcing Recognition of the Government of Israel (January 31, 1949), the Statement and Order by the President on Relieving General MacArthur of His Commands (April 11, 1951), and The President's Farewell Address to the American People (January 15, 1953).

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Provided courtesy of The American Presidency Project.  John Woolley and Gerhard Peters. University of California, Santa Barbara.
 36.  Letter Accepting Resignation of Francis Biddle as the Attorney General
May 23, 1945

Dear Francis:

In accepting your resignation, I desire to express my appreciation of the patriotic services
which you have rendered to your country during the war and during the days when we were
preparing for the war.

I shall always look back with pleasure upon my association with you while I was in the Senate as
well as during the past months.

I hope that you will have continued happiness and success in your future work, and I trust that I
may have the privilege of consulting you in the future whenever occasion arises.

I am making your resignation effective July 1, 1945.
Very sincerely yours,

NOTE: Attorney General Biddle served from September 5, 1941, through June 30, 1945. His letter
of resignation, dated May 21, 1945, was released with the President's reply.