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THE. WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON January 7, 1936 MEMORANDUM FOB HONORABLE MARRINER S ECCLES The attached letter from Senator Burke is referred to you by the President's direction. M. H. McII Assistant Secretary to the President Enclosure HKM«V r. JflLUAM H. K M t , UTAH Ml. M* NBLYi W. VA. MUST r. LANS. LA. nWMWCK VAN NUTS, MB. CMNML, O. W I T I I 1 I . DSL. THOMAS D. y " " • . MINN. COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Lear ltr» Presidents Confirming the oral statement which I made to you in "behalf of Judge J. J. Thomas, who has been suggested for appointment as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, I wish to express again my Tory dqep interest in his selection. Since I talked to you on the subject I hare had occasion to sound the sentiment of leading citizens in all walks of life in Nebraska and other nidwestern States* All who are acquainted with Judge Thomas are convinced that by training, education and experience he is qualified to render an increasingly valuable service in the position which he seeks. Those of us who live in Nebraska, and have known Judge Thomas intimately through the years, are very certain that his appointment would be a fitting one. I know that you have been giving this matter your serious attention, and I merely want to reemphasize the very high respect in which I hold Judge Thomas and the strong belief that I entertain that he is exceptionally well qualified and deserving. Very respectfully yours, Honorable Franklin I). Roosevelt, The President of the United States, The Ihite House • THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON December 21, 1935 Respectfully referred to Governor Marriner S. Ecelea, Federal Reserve Board. ' 'M.1 m McINTmE Assistant Secretary to the President December 21, 1935 Hjr dear Th« President asked me to thank you for your note of December eighteenth, and confidentially, asked me to cheek up on the mmom ftm referred to* Sincerely yours, M« H. MOINT5TRK Assistant seeretery to the Prssident Konorebl« Oeorge w» Morris, United States Senate, Washington, D. C. atomam w. NORMS WASHINGTON. D. C. December 18, 193L Wy dear Mr. President i Z hare taken It for granted that Judge J. J. Thom»« would "be r«appolnt«d to the new Federal Reserve Board, Tout within the lust few da^ro nir.iore have continued to reach 190 that in making up this new Board hie name hz* "been onitted from the list* 1 think it would be a nit take if Judge Thomi were not reappointed. from what I know about the activities of the Board, X think lie hae been one of its most useful mecabere. I fincerely truit these rumors which haire reached me are without foundation and that Judge Thotnae will be r©appointed to the new federal Reserve Board, Eeepeetfully youra, Honorable Franklin D. Hootevelt President of the United States, 0 p Y THE WHITE BOUSE WASHINGTON At Warm S prings, Ga., November 22, 1935. MEMORANDUM FOR GOVERNOR ECCLES FOR YOUR INFORMATION F. D. R. Washington, D. C. November 19, 1955 Honorable Daniel C. Roper Secretary of Commerce Washington, D. C. Dear Mr. Secretary: I am dictating this letter in your office because, since my arrival here,I find the President is planning to leave for Warm Springs tomorrow or the next day and, knowing as I do the many pressing matters that are upon him, I hesitate to ask for a conference, which I expected to do when I came to the city. So I am imposing upon you to see that this letter is placed in the hands of the President. As you are aware, the banks in which 1 am interested are all in the Tenth Federal Reserve District. Because of this fact, I have had occasion to see a great deal of Judge J. J. Thomas, now a member of the Federal Reserve Board. The last few years I have been a member of the Federal Advisory Council and have had many contacts with both the full Board and particularly with Judge Thomas, who lives in the State Nebraska which is a part of the Tenth District. As a banker and a farmer and as a member of the Federal Advisory Council from my District, opportunity has been offered me to judge the character and fitness of Judge Thomas for appointment as one of the Governors of the Federal Reserve Board. Aside from being one of the prominent lawyers of his state, he has been active in agricultural pursuits for thirty years. He is regarded as an authority on agricultural and livestock problems and I shall be sorely disappointed if the fine work he has done as a member of the present Federal Reserve Board is not recognized by the President with the reappointment of Judge Thomas. Very sincerely, Kempert Chairman of the Board, National Bank of Commerce, Kansas City, Missouri. DAN V STEPHENS PBCSIDINT M SOMCNSEN Vice PncsioiMT kVE ROWE VICC PWCSIDIMT N MITTEN CASHICH 'LLOVOC BLAIR ASST CASHICM The President, The White House* My dear Mr» President:I wish t o recommend t o you the reappointment t o the Federal Reserve Board of Judge J* J* Thomas of Seward, Kebr., who i s now ViceGrovernor. " " • Judge Thomas of course i s one of our leading citizens and i s agriculturally-minded and agriculturally educated,as well as having the qualifications of a lawyer and a business r.ian,and no doubt well qualified in every particular f o r the position he now holds on that Board. With very kind regards t I am, Yours/rery t r u l y , DVSjEM Dan V. Stephens. fi&F PR^TFTTLLY REFI 3 ^ P VOB OONSfDERATlON $©03?,