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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, January 14, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

January 14, 1952

Mr. Hassett has just called me at 9:50 P.M. to report that the Secretary of the Interior, Oscar Chapman, has had a heart attack. I've had a lot of trouble with Interior. I had to accept the resignation of Harold Ickes because he wanted me to be a Franklin Roosevelt-and I could not be. He fell out with me because I sent Ed Pauley's appointment to the Senate as under-secretary of the Navy! The President (Mr. Roosevelt) had asked me as Vice President if I'd help Mr. Pauley to confirmation in the Senate. Of course I said I would. Yet when Pauley's name to the Senate "honest" Harold had a spasm and Pauley was not confirmed.

I called in William O. Douglas and offered to make him the Secretary of the Interior. He hummed and hawed about the offer and then I appointed Julius Krug, who made a great secretary for some time and then I had to ask for his resignation. Again, I called on Douglas, again he hummed and hawed and I appointed Oscar Chapman, as fine and efficient Secretary of the Interior as we've ever had.

In the interval between these two offers to Douglas I called him at his home in the State of Washington while the Democratic Convention was in session in 1948 and offered to make him the Vice Presidential nominee-again he hummed and hawed. I found that my dear and good friend Barkley wanted it and I endorsed him.

I did not support Barkley when he was a candidate for leader of the majority in the Senate and I told him frankly that I was pledged to Pat Harrison. After he was elected I supported him loyally even in his tiff with Roosevelt.

He has made a great Vice-President. No President and Vice-President have been as cooperative as Barkley and I.


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