By Philip Caulfield
At the time, the future Fuhrer was working as a junior administrator for the state of Brunswick. Though Hitler had renounced his Austrian citizenship in 1925, he did not become a German citizen then – and therefore was unable to run for office.
But the low-level government gig automatically made him a citizen, and four days later he formally requested some time off to begin plotting his campaign against aging incumbent Paul von Hindenburg.
Experts said it's likely that Hitler typed the letter himself, bungling a few punctuation marks and misspelling the salutation.
Hitler lost the race against Hindenburg, but the race established him as a force in German politics. He was appointed chancellor the next year.