Eisenhower, Dwight D.

1967 TLS to brother Edgar, agreeing that he should have opposed appointing Earl Warren as Chief Justice 14 years before!

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(1890-1969) Led Supreme Allied Command in European Theater 1942-1945 during WW II. President of the US 1953-1961. Great content TLS, "Devotedly,/D.E.", on 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 gilt "DDE/ Gettysburg/ Pennsylvania 17325" letterhead, July 10 1967, to older brother Edgar in Tacoma, Washington. Eisenhower tells his brother that Edgar's recent letter was the longest he ever wrote with the "...possible exception...the one you wrote to me in opposition to the appointment of [Chief Justice Earl] Warren fourteen years ago. On that one I hasten to say that you were right." He then discusses playing golf ("the scarcest marks on my card are pars, while triple Bogies and even quadruple Bogies are not uncommon"), and brother Milton's recent health and hospitalization. President Eisenhower was reputed to have said that Earl Warren's appointment as Chief Justice was "the biggest damn fool mistake" he ever made, but it is unsubstantiated. A biographer of Justice William Brennan reported that in the diaries of Justice Harold Burton, Burton recounted a meeting with Eisenhower in 1957, when he told the President he was leaving the Supreme Court. Burton confirmed that Eisenhower expressed his regrets in appointing Warren and Brennan, describing both appointments as "big mistakes". Eisenhower also told Burton that in finding a replacement, he would pay more attention to ideology than he had in the Warren and Brennan appointments, both made for political reasons. EDGAR N. EISENHOWER (1889-1971) UItra-conservative older brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower, a lawyer born in Hope, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1914 and began practicing law in 1915 in Tacoma, Washington. Known as a “shoot from the hip ultraconservative," according to nephew John Eisenhower, Edgar Eisenhower “considered President (Franklin) Roosevelt a "work of the devil." MILTON S. EISENHOWER (1899-1985) Younger brother of Dwight Eisenhower, served as president of Kansas State, Pennsylvania State, and Johns Hopkins universities. He was Director of Information for the US Dept. of Agriculture 1928-41, a spokesman for the New Deal. Early in 1942, he was appointed director of the War Relocation Authority, responsible for the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans; he resigned after only 90 days. From June 1942 to mid-1943 he was associate director of the Office of War Information. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters (D.H.L.) from the University of Nebraska in 1949. He was a presidential adviser in the administrations of his brother, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson. In 1968, he was appointed Chairman of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence by LBJ. In 1980, he was on the Texas ballot as running mate of Independent candidate for US President Rep. John B. Anderson. EARL WARREN (1891-1971) California Governor 1943-53, 1948 GOP VP candidate with Dewey. Chief Justice 1953-69, noted for opinions outlawing racial segregation in schools (Brown v. Board of Education, 1954), requiring state legislative reapportionment (Reynolds v. Sims, 1964), protecting rights of criminal suspects (Miranda v. Arizona, 1966), etc. Chaired Warren Commission investigating assassination of President Kennedy. A conservative politician, he would lead the liberal "Warren Court", many of whose decisions enraged American conservatives.

Condition: Very good, 2 file holes top center.
Type:Letter






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