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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/06/1963 - HFSID 87624

RICHARD NIXON Congratulations to a Republican Senator for voting against the confirmation of F.D.R., Jr. Carbon Copy of Typed Letter Signed: "RN" in ink, 1p, 7¼x10½. Los Angeles, 1963 April 6. Copy of letter Nixon sent to Republican Senator Winston L.

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RICHARD NIXON
Congratulations to a Republican Senator for voting against the confirmation of F.D.R., Jr.
Carbon Copy of Typed Letter Signed: "RN" in ink, 1p, 7¼x10½. Los Angeles, 1963 April 6. Copy of letter Nixon sent to Republican Senator Winston L. Prouty of Vermont, authentically signed. Nixon sent this carbon copy to Lewis L. Strauss. In full: "This is just a note to tell you that I, for one, applauded your courage in voting as you did on the Franklin Roosevelt confirmation. You particularly hit the mark when you compared the case of Lewis Strauss with that of Roosevelt. The two men, of course, are not in the same league but there was all the more reason for Republicans to search into Roosevelt's qualifications at least as vigorously as Democrats went after Strauss. Keep up the good work!" FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, JR., son of the President, represented New York in Congress from 1949-1955. President Kennedy appointed him Under Secretary of Commerce in 1963. The Senate confirmed Roosevelt's appointment. Former Vice President Nixon references the Senate confirmation hearings of President Eisenhower's appointment of LEWIS L. STRAUSS as Secretary of Commerce five years earlier. 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. Some Senators voted against confirmation because of Strauss' handling of the Dixon-Yates contract. It was discovered that a government official would benefit financially from the contract involving the Tennessee Valley Authority. WINSTON L. PROUTY, who had served as Vermont's U.S. Representative At Large from 1951-1959, was elected the state's U.S. Senator in 1959. He served until 1971, dying in office. Creased at upper left margin. Staple holes, ink notation and check mark (unknown hand) at upper left corner..

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