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Clark CliffordThe Wise Man of Washington$
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John Acacia

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125510

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125510.001.0001

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One Foot out the Door

One Foot out the Door

(p.151) 6 One Foot out the Door
Clark Clifford

John Acacia

University Press of Kentucky

Harry S. Truman's 1948 underdog victory was immensely rewarding to Clark Clifford on both a personal and a professional level. His loyalty and devotion to Truman were genuine, and it must have been satisfying to help Truman win the presidency in his own right. However, Clifford was ready to move on. He was also under financial pressure: his $12,000 annual salary as special counsel was inadequate, and he had depleted most of his savings. Just prior to the election Clifford confided to Truman that he was weighing his options and might leave the administration to practice law. Truman was sympathetic but asked Clifford to stay on for another year, to which he agreed. However, Clifford's heart was elsewhere and, while he served for all of 1949, his enthusiasm for the job was not what it used to be. According to Clifford, he “was reaching the point of diminishing returns” in his “government service.”

Keywords:   Harry S. Truman, Clark Clifford, presidency, law, government service

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