Hurley, Patrick J.

Hoover’s Secretary of War, FDR personal envoy during WW II

Price: $65.00

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(1883-1963) Soldier, statesman, and diplomat, Secretary of War 1929-33. AEF colonel in WW I, became active in the Republican Party after the War, appointed Asst. Secretary of War by President Hoover 1929. Named Secretary on death of Secretary Good, served in the Hoover Cabinet 1929-33. Promoted to Brigadier General in 1941 on US entry in WW II, dispatched by Gen. George C. Marshall to the Far East as a personal representative to examine feasibility of relieving US troops besieged on Bataan. He successfully delivered additional food and ammunition on 3 occasions, but could not evacuate them. He undertook assignments as personal representative of President Roosevelt. He served as Minister to New Zealand 1942, then flew to the USSR, 1st foreigner allowed to visit the Eastern Front. Over the next 2 years, visited the Near East, Middle East, China, Iran & Afghanistan on behalf of FDR. Arrived in China in Aug. 1944, as FDR’s personal envoy to Chiang Kai-shek, his “principal mission…to promote efficient and harmonious relations between the Generalissimo and General Stilwell to facilitate General Stilwell's exercise of command over the Chinese armies placed under his direction.” Military operations in China against the Japanese were severely hampered by noncooperation and personal enmity between Stilwell & Chiang. The strong anti-Communist Hurley came down on the side of the Generalissimo and supported replacement of Stilwell with Albert C. Wedemeyer. Hurley felt his efforts in China were undermined by State Dept. officials (John Stewart Service & John Paton Davies in China, John Carter Vincent in Washington) who he felt were unduly sympathetic to Mao Zedong’s forces. Ambassador to China 1944-45. At the Feb. 1945 Yalta Conference, FDR, Churchill & Stalin secretly agreed that the USSR would receive concessions in China that Russia had lost in the Russo-Japanese War. Hurley believed this was the beginning of the end of non-Communist China, and when President Truman did not rectify the situation, he submitted a scathing Nov. 26, 1945 letter of resignation. Unsuccessful GOP candidate for the Senate from New Mexico 1946, 1948 & 1952. Started the United Western Minerals Corporation of Santa Fe, involved in the rush to start uranium mining in the Ambrosia Lake region of New Mexico in the 50s. ISP while Hoover’s Secretary of War, 12 x 9 ½ b&w flat finish bust portrait, inscribed and signed with sentiment and dated January 18 1930 by him.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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