CHARLES E. "ENGINE CHARLIE" WILSON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 177357
CHARLES E. "ENGINE CHARLIE" WILSON Official U.S. Army photograph of "Engine Charlie" as the Secretary of Defense, signed in black ink (3½x4½) Photograph signed: "C.E. Wilson". B/w, 3½x4½. Official U.S. Army photograph with mimeographed caption on verso. Taken in Washington, D.C.
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CHARLES E. "ENGINE CHARLIE" WILSON
Official U.S. Army photograph of "Engine Charlie" as the Secretary of Defense, signed in black ink (3½x4½)
Photograph signed: "C.E. Wilson". B/w, 3½x4½. Official U.S. Army photograph with mimeographed caption on verso. Taken in Washington, D.C. in January 1955; the caption identifies Wilson as the Secretary of Defense. Charles E. Wilson (1890-1961) was the U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953-1957. Noted for cutting the defense budget in the wake of the Korean War, Wilson, who had a degree in electrical engineering, had previously worked at the Westinghouse Electric Company, where he supervised the engineering of electrical equipment for automobiles, and, during WWI, the development of dynamotors and radio generators for the U.S. Army and Navy. In 1919, he joined a subsidiary of General Motors, and by 1941, he was President of General Motors. Wilson directed the company's huge defense production effort during WWII, earning a U.S. Medal of Merit in 1946. His large stock holdings in General Motors caused a controversy during Wilson's confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate, but, after selling his stock, he was finally approved by a vote of 77 to six. During his tenure, Wilson and Eisenhower reorganized the Department of Defense and introduced the "New Look" defense concept, which included greater reliance on nuclear weapons, the elevation of strategic air power, cuts in conventional ground forces, an expanded program of continental defense and modernization and enlargement of reserve forces. After stepping down from office on October 8, 1957, less than a year after the start of Eisenhower's second term, Wilson returned to Michigan, where he devoted his time to business and his family. Wilson had been nicknamed "Engine Charlie"to distinguish him from another Charles E. Wilson (nicknamed "Electric Charlie") who had headed the Office of Defense Mobilization under President Harry S Truman and was CEO of General Electric. Surface creases and striations across image, slightly crack image at lower right corner. Corners and edges slightly worn. Paper loss on corners on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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