Letter from John C. Lynn to William L. Dawson Regarding the Deparment of House and Urban Development

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While there was strong support for a new department from city residents, urban political leaders, and housing advocacy organizations, rural America was less receptive. This letter from John C. Lynn, Legislative Director of the American Farm Bureau Federation to Chairman Dawson questions the need for the department and voiced a “major concern” that the federal government “is going to perform a much larger role” in planning and financing urban development. The Farm Bureau was alarmed by Robert C. Weaver, Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, who had called for “a comprehensive program of federal responsibility” concerning urban development. Later in the year, Weaver became the first secretary of the new department and the first African-American to hold a cabinet-level position.

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John C. Lynn. "Letter from John C. Lynn to William L. Dawson Regarding the Deparment of House and Urban Development." Letter from John C. Lynn to William L. Dawson Regarding the Deparment of House and Urban Development, April 12, 1965; “H.R. 6927 1 of 3” folder, Legislative Files, Box 9; Committee on Government Operations; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233; National Archives.. Accessed 21 July 2019. http://acsc.lib.udel.edu/items/show/273.

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Letter from John C. Lynn to William L. Dawson Regarding the Deparment of House and Urban Development

Subject

Housing and Urban Development Act of 1965

Description

While there was strong support for a new department from city residents, urban political leaders, and housing advocacy organizations, rural America was less receptive. This letter from John C. Lynn, Legislative Director of the American Farm Bureau Federation to Chairman Dawson questions the need for the department and voiced a “major concern” that the federal government “is going to perform a much larger role” in planning and financing urban development. The Farm Bureau was alarmed by Robert C. Weaver, Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency, who had called for “a comprehensive program of federal responsibility” concerning urban development. Later in the year, Weaver became the first secretary of the new department and the first African-American to hold a cabinet-level position.

Creator

John C. Lynn

Source

Letter from John C. Lynn to William L. Dawson Regarding the Deparment of House and Urban Development, April 12, 1965; “H.R. 6927 1 of 3” folder, Legislative Files, Box 9; Committee on Government Operations; 89th Congress; Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233; National Archives.

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Association of Centers for the Study of Congress

Date

*1965-4-12

Contributor

Center for Legislative Archives, National Archives and Records Administration

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English

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