SHERMAN ADAMS. Photograph inscribed and signed: "For
Danny/Franklin/Sherman Adams". B/w, 5x7. Slightly creased at blank margins
and corners. Minor surface creases (most not evident head on), some at facial
image. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by calling card, unsigned,
3½x2. Imprinted: "Sherman Adams/Governor of/New Hampshire". At upper
margin, Adams has inscribed the card: "For Danny Franklin".
Beneath imprinted title, Adams has written his dates of service:
"1949-1953". Slightly creased at upper corners. Fine condition. Sherman
Adams (1899-1986), who was the Republican Governor of New Hampshire from
1949-1953, was President Dwight D. 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 Adams 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. Two items.
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