• Eisenhower Disappointed His Veto Overridden As Pay Hike Passes

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    DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER (October 14, 1890-Marh 28, 1969) was an Army general who served as the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961).  He was a five-star general during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe.  He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch (1942-1943) and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944-1945. 

     

    Eisenhower won two landslide elections with the goals to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union and reduce federal deficits.  On the domestic front, Eisenhower was a moderate conservative who continued New Deal agencies and expanded Social Security. He was reluctant to support civil rights but signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent Army troops to enforce federal court orders that integrated schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.  His largest program was the Interstate Highway System.  Consensus has held Eisenhower as one of America’s greatest presidents.

     

    CARL CURTIS was elected to the House of Representatives from Nebraska in 1938 on an anti-Franklin Roosevelt and anti-New Deal platform. In 1954, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1955 to 1979. He supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  He remained loyal to Richard Nixon through Watergate.

     

    Eisenhower had two recessions to deal with during his administration and was committed to securing a balanced budget. In the one page, TLS, D.E., on White House letterhead, July 6, 1960, marked “PERSONAL” to Curtis, Eisenhower clearly illustrates his concerns.

     

    “Dear Carl

     

    “I want to express emphatically, my gratification that you felt it proper and in the best interests of our nation to support my veto of the recent Federal pay legislation.  I know that you share my conviction that through the failure to sustain the veto the nation has been saddled with an additional, and largely unjustified, annual expenditure of eight hundred million dollars. And I want to tell you that although we were overridden this fact does not in the least detract from the value of your example of courageous statesmanship.

     

    “With warm regard,

     

    “Sincerely,

     

    “DE.

     

    “The Honorable Carl T. Curtis

    “United States Senator

    “Washington, D.C.

     

    “PERSONAL”

     

    Typewritten at the top is a notation: “File. Senator has seen this.”

     

    Light toning and minor soiling around the edges. One fold.  A great piece of Eisenhower memorabilia.

     

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