• President Eisenhower Establishes a Subcommittee to Deal with Textile Problems

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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.


    One page, TLS, on White House Stationary, May 18, 1959, Eisenhower writes to Lewis L. Strauss, his Secretary of Commerce.


    “I have given considerable thought to the formation of an inter-agency textile committee, such as recommended by the Special Subcommittee of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, headed by Senator Pastore. This proposal has been recommended to me by Senator Saltonstall and Governors Powell, Del Sesto and Furcolo.


    “I think an ad hoc committee, chaired by the Department of Commerce, would be appropriate. The committee would address itself to a number of important problems affecting the textile industry. The committee should be composed of Assistant Secretaries or men of equivalent rank from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Labor, State and Treasury, and from the Council on Foreign Economic Policy. The committee should report informally to the Secretary of Commerce. Studies should be undertaken soon so that the committee could give its counsel to the Secretary of Commerce before the 1960 session of the Congress.


    “Please undertake the formation of this group as soon as you can conveniently can.”


    Folds. Staple holes at the top upper right and right margin. Strip of tape across the top verso, away from text. Light toning. Else excellent with a fine bold Eisenhower signature.


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