Washington, D.C.: Chase-Statler. Near Fine.
A near fine black and white mounted portrait photograph of President Harry Truman taken by an unidentified photographer at the Chase-Statler Studio of Washington, D. C. Inscribed and signed by Truman: "My very best to / Mrs. Laura J. Kilgore, the / mother of the great U.S. Senator / from West Virginia and / my friend. / Harry S. Truman" in black ink to the bottom left corner. In 1941, Truman, then a Missouri Senator, founded the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program, often referred to as the Truman Committee, in response to Congressional concerns about possible war-profiteering and wasteful military spending during World War II. Kilgore, who had made Truman's acquaintance upon his election to the Senate as a representative from West Virginia in 1940, shared Truman's concerns and played an active role in the investigative process. Additionally, he chaired the Subcommittee on War Mobilization of the Military Affairs Committee in 1942, which researched the war effort's organizational weaknesses and led to the founding of the Office of War Mobilization. The Truman Committee was wildly successful, saving the US billions of dollars and earning Truman newfound respect as a politician. Kilgore also benefited as he became the first West Virginia senator to be elected for three terms. The two remained friends after Truman's election to president, as evidenced by this photograph's inscription to Kilgore's family, and Kilgore's continued support of Truman's progressive political efforts such as the Fair Deal.