CHARLES E. "ENGINE CHARLIE" WILSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/04/1952 - HFSID 26603
CHARLES E. "ENGINE CHARLIE" WILSON Letter from Wilson written shortly before his appointment as Secretary of Defense, thanking an associate for his encouragement for his nomination Typed letter signed: "C.E. Wilson", 1p, 7¼x10½. Detroit, Michigan, 1952 December 4.
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CHARLES E. "ENGINE CHARLIE" WILSON
Letter from Wilson written shortly before his appointment as Secretary of Defense, thanking an associate for his encouragement for his nomination
Typed letter signed: "C.E. Wilson", 1p, 7¼x10½. Detroit, Michigan, 1952 December 4. On letterhead imprinted with his name and "General Motors Building/Detroit" to Rev. Walter B. Leis, Bellevue, Ohio. In full: "I greatly appreciate your good wishes and expression of confidence regarding my nomination as Secretary of Defense. You encourage me. The autographed card is enclosed [item not included]. Sincerely". 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. Multiple folds. Slight surface creases. Corners slightly worn and creased. Small ink mark on top left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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