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Eisenhower's Chief of Staff, who had practically run the government from the President's bedside after the heart attack, responds to a well-wisher on White House stationery
Typed Letter signed "Sherman Adams" as Assistant to the President, 1 page, 6½x9. On White House letterhead to Salem J. Robinson, Coral Gables, Florida. In full: "The President has asked me to thank you for your greetings. He is grateful for your thoughtfulness and sends his best wishes to you for every happiness in the New Year, Sincerely". Sherman Adams (1899-1986), who was the Republican Governor of New Hampshire from 1949-1953, was President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Chief of Staff from 1953-1958. Overseeing a staff that reached a record 446 in 1959, Adams became the second most powerful man in the government. All presidential orders were directed through him, and Adams supervised the preparation of one-page summaries of news reports and policy papers for the President. After Ike suffered a very serious heart attack on September 23, 1955, Vice President Nixon was highly visible as the official face of the US government, presiding over Cabinet and National Security Council meetings and greeting foreign visitors. It was Sherman Adams, however, often operating from Eisenhower's bedside, who coordinated government business on the President's behalf. Ike returned to the White House on November 11, but remained very weak. Not until February 1956 did his doctors advice Eisenhower that he could safely run for re-election a race he proceeded to win by a landslide. Eisenhower would lose the services of his Chief of Staff, however after Adams was accused of accepting gifts from Boston textile executive Bernard Goldfine, under investigation for Federal Trade Commission violations. On August 13, 1958, Goldfine was cited for contempt of Congress when he refused to answer questions regarding his relationship with Adams. Bowing to increasing political pressure, President Eisenhower asked Adams to resign, which he did on September 22, 1958. Goldfine eventually received a prison sentence for his role in corrupt regulatory practices. Lightly creased. Minor pinhead-sized stains. Otherwise, fine condition.you". Lightly creased. Minor pinhead-size stains.

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Born: January 8, 1899 in Windham County, Vermont
Died: October 27, 1986 in Hanover, New Hampshire

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