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PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/22/1954 - HFSID 84543

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Dwight D. Eisenhower conveys what has happened with the generous gift that was given for a colleague. Typed Letter Signed: "DE" as President, 1p, 7x10¼. The White House, Washington, 1954 December 22.

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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Dwight D. Eisenhower conveys what has happened with the generous gift that was given for a colleague.
Typed Letter Signed: "DE" as President, 1p, 7x10¼. The White House, Washington, 1954 December 22. To Lewis Strauss, Chairman, The Atomic Energy Commission. In full: "As you are one of the small group who joined together to make a Christmas gift for Pete Carroll's children, I want to tell you of the results of our joint effort. On Monday I asked Ruth and the boys to come in to see Mamie and me. I then told her of our idea and gave her the original of the enclosed letter [not present], together with a check for more than $18,000. Fifty friends joined in this gift. It seemed a happier thing not to give Ruth the donors' names and amounts. Needless to say, she was tremendously moved by the gift. If she knew the identity of such donors she would individually express her gratitude to each. II did not give her the names--assuring her that I would convey to each of you her sense of profound appreciation. This I did for two reasons. First, we started the plan on an 'anonymous' basis, and I wished to maintain that status. Second, I wanted an opportunity personally to express my thanks to real friends who have thus helped to discharge part of our country's debt to a man like Pete. While this year, of course, nothing could make Christmas a happy occasion for Ruth and her family, I do assure you that you have firmly removed from her mind a burden of worry and have helped assure a bright future for Pete's fine boys. With warm regard, As ever," Typed post script: "P.S. I thought you would be interested to read the attached copy [not present] of a letter I just received from Ruth Carroll." PETE CARROLL was a member of the Eisenhower Administration. Eisenhower and Strauss were longtime friends, political and business associates. On November 13, 1958, 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 to be rejected by the Senate since 1925. There was opposition to his appointment because of Strauss' role as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (1953-1958). Specifically, in June 1954, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the Los Alamos laboratory for atomic research during World War II, was denied security clearance by the Atomic Energy Commission. There were Senators who voted against Strauss' nomination for that reason alone. Twenty-nine years after his West Point graduation (1915), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) received his fifth star and the rank of General of the Army (December 20, 1944). Only the year before, he had been appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (January 1944) and placed in command of the Normandy invasion, "Operation Overlord". An experienced leader, "Ike" had commanded the U.S. Army in Europe from June 1942 to December 1943, during which time he had directed the invasions of North Africa (November 1942) and Sicily (July-August 1943). On May 7, 1945, Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany at Rheims. During his two terms as 34th U.S. President (1953-1961), Eisenhower presented his famous "Atoms for Peace" plan to the United Nations (December 1953), issued the Eisenhower Doctrine, which provided aid to Middle-Eastern countries threatened by Communist aggression (January 1957), and dispatched troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce students' civil rights (September 1957). Eisenhower's rank of Five-Star General of the Army was restored in 1961, two months after his presidential term ended. Staple holes at upper left. Lightly creased.

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