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(1890 - 1969) 34th President of the United States, Supreme Commander of Allied forces in Europe during World War II and largely responsible for the successful invasion on D-Day. Very rare, fine content A.Ms. as President [unsigned], 1p. 4to., [Washington, June 19, 1959], a statement penned by Eisenhower and incorporated in letters sent by him to each Senator who had voted in favor of the failed nomination of Lewis Strauss to serve as Secretary of Commerce. In full: "I cannot fail to recognize the courage, wisdom and spirit of fairness you demonstrated in the vote on the confirmation of Lewis Strauss. I am grateful". On the verso, Eisenhower has made numerous holographic corrections to a typed statement which was likely issued to the press. With his revisions, it reads: "Last night the Seante rejected the nomination of Admiral Strauss for Secretary of Commerce, a man who has served this nation under four different Presidents, both in war and peace. If the American people are to be denied the opportunity to have as their public servants men of his proven character, ability and integrity, then indeed I think it is a sad day for the nation". Strauss' pencil note at bottom indicated that Eisenhower penned the message on June 19, 1959. Fine condition. Eisenhower's holograph letters and documents as President are of the utmost rarity! In the first dozen years of the atomic age, few men played a more pivotal role in shaping U.S. nuclear policy than the former banker Lewis Strauss (1896-1974). An ardent champion of the hydrogen bomb, he was also a strong believer in the importance of maintaining a large nuclear stockpile. He chaired the Atomic Energy Commission from 1953-58, and later used his influence to strip Robert Oppenheimer of his security clearance. Over the years Strauss' arrogance and his insistence that he was always right made him unpopular on Capitol Hill. In 1959, after two months of exhausting hearings, the Senate rejected his nomination to be Eisenhower's Secretary of Commerce. The ordeal was publicly humiliating for Strauss, especially after he was caught lying under oath. EBAY 1900

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