THE PRESIDENCY: The Hoover Week: Sep. 12, 1932

Last March one Ben Kerr, postoffice clerk of Gary, Ind. went to an American Legion meeting, introduced a resolution to cash the Soldier Bonus.* In May Clerk Kerr was discharged because of "political activities" forbidden by the civil service law and "contrary to the expressed wish of the President who considers [Bonus] legislation harmful to the country at this time." Last week President Hoover heard about Clerk Kerr's dismissal. He talked the case over at length with his Cabinet. Then he wrote to Postmaster General Brown: "I have never made any such...

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