Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, February 18, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.
Feb. 18, 1952
Had a grand meeting tonight from 6:40 to 11:25 P.M. Dinner and a discussion of the Presidential Campaign. Present were the Chief Justice, Fred Vinson, Sam Rosenman, William D. Hassett, Clark Clifford, John R. Steelman, Charles Murphy.
The discussion was about possible candidates for President, including the present occupant of the White House.
The Chief Justice opened the discussion by saying that while he did not believe in the indispensable man he did not see how the President could refuse another term. Sam Rosenman came to the same conclusion. Mr. Hassett thought the President should do what he wanted to do and retire and let the conditions work out the result. Dr. Steelman thought that someone could surely be found to work out the succession. Clark Clifford thought Robt. Kerr might qualify. Mr. Murphy discussed Adlai Stevenson pro and con. No real conclusions were reached. Every one made a contribution.
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