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Four weeks before the 1956 presidential election, Ike's Chief of Staff thanks an elderly woman for information about the political situation in Polk County, Florida.
TLS: "Sherman Adams" as The Assistant to the President, 1p, 6¼x9¼. The White House, Washington, 1956 October 8. To Mrs. C.T. Chipman, Winter Haven, Florida. In full: "The President was glad you took the time to write him of the political situation in Polk County, and he asked me to tell you that he greatly appreciates the interest and suggestion of one of the Party's eighty-four year old life-long supporters. Your letter is therefore being brought to the attention of those of the Republican National Committee who have charge of the campaign. With the President's thanks again." SHERMAN ADAMS (1899-1986), Governor of New Hampshire from 1949-1953, was President Eisenhower's Chief of Staff from 1953-1958. Overseeing a staff that reached a record 446 in 1959, Adams became the second most powerful man in the government. All presidential orders were directed through him and he supervised the preparation of one-page summaries of news reports and policy papers for the President. Adams was accused of accepting gifts from Boston textile executive Bernard Goldfine, who was being investigated for Federal Trade Commission violations. On August 13, 1958, Goldfine was cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to answer questions regarding his relationship with Adams. Bowing to increasing political pressure, President Eisenhower asked Adams to resign, which he did on September 22, 1958. Goldfine eventually received a prison sentence for his role in corrupt regulatory practices. Damp staining at the "ms" of signature, faint pink stains at upper blank area and blank right edge, else in fine condition.

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