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Document Details


Title: Francis O. Wilcox
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Series: Item 1 of Series Francis O. Wilcox
Description: When the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 authorized the first professional staffs of Senate committees, Senators Arthur Vandenberg and Tom Connally jointly appointed Francis Wilcox to become the first chief of staff of the Foreign Relations Committee. His service corresponded with the beginning of the Cold War and the zenith of bipartisan foreign policy. During those years the committee dealt with such momentous issues as the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and formation of NATO. Wilcox devotes much of his oral history to discussing the forces and personalities that both facilitated bipartisanship and eventually unraveled it.
Extent: 23 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/wilcox_interview_1.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: 1908 to 1945
Speaker: Wilcox, Francis O., 1908-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 9-Apr-1908
Speaker place of birth: Columbus Junction, IA; Iowa; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Chief of staff
Age at speaking: 76
Document date: 01-Feb-1984
Interviewer: Ritchie, Donald A.
Organizations discussed: League of Nations, 1920-1946; U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Navy; U.S. Office of Civilian Defense; United Nations; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Columbus Junction, IA; District of Columbia; Iowa; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Armed Forces; Biography; Columbus Junction, IA; Degrees, Academic; Depressions--1929--United States; District of Columbia; Education; Education, Higher; Family; Family--History; Federal government; International relations; Iowa; Law; League of Nations, 1920-1946; Legislative bodies--United States; Legislators--United States; North America; Oral history; U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Department of State; U.S. Navy; U.S. Office of Civilian Defense; United Nations; United States; United States--Officials and employees; United States--Politics and government; Universities and colleges; University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; World War II, 1939-1945
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022115-23125