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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/13/1959 CO-SIGNED BY: LEWIS L. STRAUSS - HFSID 84583

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER and LEWIS L. STRAUSS The President thanks Strauss for his report on a day when much of the news is "distressing". Typed Letter Signed: "D.E." as President, 1p, 6¾x9. The White House, Washington, 1959 February 13. To his Secretary of Commerce, Lewis Strauss.

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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER and LEWIS L. STRAUSS
The President thanks Strauss for his report on a day when much of the news is "distressing".
Typed Letter Signed: "D.E." as President, 1p, 6¾x9. The White House, Washington, 1959 February 13. To his Secretary of Commerce, Lewis Strauss. In full: "On a day when much of the news* -- and the mail -- is distressing*, to say the least, I found encouragement and gratification both in reading the report of your Chicago talk and in the reaction you are receiving to your letters on behalf of the balanced budget. My warm and grateful thanks." Strauss has penciled two asterisks (*) and noted, in pencil, at the bottom: "*The President obviously has in mind the fact that Secretary Dulles has gone to the hospital and that the probabilities are that cancer will be diagnosed. L.S." Apparently bad news was surrounding the President. At the hospital, Secretary of State Dulles was diagnosed with cancer. Two months later, on April 15th, he resigned from the Cabinet. Dulles died on May 24, 1959. On February 10, President Eisenhower declared St. Louis a disaster area after a tornado ripped through it leaving 22 dead, 300 injured and millions of dollars in damage. On February 16, the U.S. rejected a Soviet proposal of a 28-nation conference in Germany. On November 13, 1958, Lewis L. Strauss was appointed Secretary of Commerce by President Eisenhower. On June 27, 1959, by a vote of 49-46, the U.S. Senate refused to confirm Strauss as Secretary of Commerce, the first Cabinet nominee since 1925 to be rejected by the Senate. File notes in pencil (unknown hand) at upper margin. Fine condition.

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