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DOUGLAS McKAY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/26/1954 - HFSID 26611

He signs a typed letter (1954) informing an editor of President Eisenhower's initiative for developing the Colorado River Basin. Typed Letter signed: "Douglas McKay" as Secretary of the Interior, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1954 March 26.

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Condition: Lightly creased
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DOUGLAS McKAY
He signs a typed letter (1954) informing an editor of President Eisenhower's initiative for developing the Colorado River Basin.
Typed Letter signed: "Douglas McKay" as Secretary of the Interior, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1954 March 26. To Joseph Morschauser III, Assistant Editor, "Look" magazine, In full: "I found the article by Senator Edwin C. Johnson entitled, 'What Worries the West,' quite timely. In the article Senator Johnson says: 'We must control the rivers, conserve the water, and use it over and over again.' Just a few days before these words were published, President Eisenhower in approving my recommendations for development of the Upper Colorado River Basin took the first steps to carry out such a program in a vital five state area, including the Senator's home state of Colorado. This project will provide a stabilized water supply and furnish the basis for greatly expanded economic development for an area which is greater than the combined areas of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and will facilitate diversion of water from the Upper Colorado Basin which is in critical need in other basins. As Senator Johnson indicates, our overall national welfare is to a large degree dependent on the economic health of the West, and the economic health of much of the West depends in turn on how wisely we use the water that nature makes available. What worries the West worries us in the Department of the Interior, and we agree with the Senator that it should be a matter of concern to all Americans. Sincerely yours". Combat injuries sustained in World War I compelled Douglas McKay (1893-1959) to pursue a business career, instead of farming as he had intended. This proved a blessing in disguise, because McKay built a successful car dealership, won election as Mayor of Salem, Oregon, and then served two terms as that state's Governor (1949-1953). As Eisenhower's Secretary of the Interior from 1953-1956, proving a strong advocate for the policies he embraces in this letter. His pro-development policies for Western rivers, however, sometimes put him at odds with environmentalists. He lost a bid for a US Senate seat in 1956. Staple hole at upper left. Lightly creased. File note left of signature (unknown hand). ¼ to ½-inch vertical tears at bottom edge (intact) but for 1 nick. Light stain at left edge.

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