PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/29/1955 - HFSID 84572
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Dwight D. Eisenhower sends a typed letter of thanks for their support. Typed Letter Signed: "D.E." as 34th U.S. President, 1p, 7x10¼. The White House, 1955 December 29. On his monogrammed DDE stationery. To Admiral Lewis L.
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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Dwight D. Eisenhower sends a typed letter of thanks for their support.
Typed Letter Signed: "D.E." as 34th U.S. President, 1p, 7x10¼. The White House, 1955 December 29. On his monogrammed DDE stationery. To Admiral Lewis L. Strauss, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission. In full: "At the close of the two early years of this Administration, I attempted, however inadequately, to express to members of the intimate official family my appreciation of the dedicated services each has devoted to the welfare and advancement of our country. This year, because of my illness, the obligation I feel to you is even more pronounced than previously, and my task, consequently, the more difficult. The three months just passed have proved, to me and to many Americans, once again the strength that is inherent in a team of capable people dedicated to a common goal. I hope that each feels great satisfaction in your accomplishments, just as I feel a profound pride that this is so. I am afraid it would be presumptuous for me to 'thank' you for your efforts, but at the very least, permit me to say I recognize, with the clarity produced by hospital room and convalescence, the tremendous debt I owe each of you, and I salute you for a job well done. With all the best to you and yours for a fine 1956, and, as always, warm personal regard." Three months earlier on September 24, 1955, while he was vacationing in Denver, Colorado, President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack. His first steps after the attack were taken on October 25, 1955 at Denver's Fitzsimmons Army Hospital. Despite concerns over his health, Eisenhower announced that he was capable of serving a second term, and he was reelected in 1956. Lewis Strauss served as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission from 1953-1958, but his policies resulted in considerable criticism of both him and his department. In June 1954 Strauss had denied security clearance to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the Los Alamos laboratory for atomic research during World War II. Eisenhower appointed Strauss Secretary of Commerce on November 13, 1958. On June 27, 1959 by a vote of 49-46, the U.S. Senate refused to confirm him because of the Oppenheimer issue. As a result, Strauss was the first Cabinet nominee to be rejected by the Senate since 1925. Strauss and "Ike" remained good friends. Strauss visited Eisenhower during his confinement at Walter Reed Army Hospital before his death and served as a pallbearer at the ex-President's funeral. File note (unknown hand) in pencil at upper left corner and erased note at upper right. Fine condition.
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