Eisenhower, Dwight D.

President Eisenhower sends appeciative and apologetic birthday wishes to White House Chief Usher J. B. West

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(1890-1969) Led Supreme Allied Command in European Theater 1942-1945 during WW II. President of the US 1953-1961. TLS o n10 1/2 x 7 gilt "DDE/The White House" letterhead, July 25 1959, to J. B. West, The White House. President Eisenhower sends a warm letter to West on West's birthday: "Despite the fact that I seem to have picked your birthday anniversary for one of my stag dinners, I truly hope that you won't find it necessary to put in one of your occasional marathon days at the White House Monday. This note is simply to assure you of my felicitations, and my best wishes always for your happiness. And on every opportunity I want to add a most sincere "thank you" for everything you do for Mrs. Eisenhower and for me. Sincerely,/[signed]". JAMES B. WEST (1912-1983, known as J. B. West), Chief Usher at The White House 1957-69, Assistant Chief Usher 1941-57. After 28 years without granting a single interview, his best-selling 1973 book, "Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies" (written with Mary Lynn Kotz), documented his time in the White House. West began work in the White House as assistant to the chief usher on March 1, 1941 and was promoted to Chief Usher in 1957. He guarded the privacy of the First Families while adjusting to behind-the-scenes routines and demands of the different occupants. With a staff of 72 and budget of $750,000, he oversaw day-to-day operations of the White House, the mansion's maintenance and renovation, and planning and execution of formal and informal White House events, including the funeral of John F. Kennedy and the wedding of Lynda Bird Johnson. West announced his retirement on Nov. 14, 1968 after an investigation into missing items at the White House discovered that West let friends into the White House for after-hour tours and some stole White House mementos. The investigation also concluded West was gay, which at the time made him a blackmail/ security risk. He left the White House March 1, 1969. Intra-White House correspondence between Presidents and White House staff are most uncommon and quite desirable!

Condition: Very good, 2 mail folds
Type:Letter






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