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Harold StassenEisenhower, the Cold War, and the Pursuit of Nuclear Disarmament$
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Lawrence S. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174860

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174860.001.0001

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The Eisenhower Solution, 1948–1952

The Eisenhower Solution, 1948–1952

(p.59) 3 The Eisenhower Solution, 1948–1952
Harold Stassen

Lawrence S. Kaplan

University Press of Kentucky

Stassen’s failure to win the Republican nomination for president in June 1948 did not quench his thirst for high office. Robert T. McCracken, chairman of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees, offered Stassen the university presidency in July, and the board elected him on September 17, 1948. The enthusiasm he aroused among college students as a Republican candidate convinced him that higher education had always been in the forefront of his ambitions. Stassen saw himself in the same light as Eisenhower, who had accepted the presidency of Columbia University. As the president of a prestigious Ivy League university, he could ensure his prominence in national affairs. For four years, Stassen walked a delicate line between his university obligations and his political ambitions. Inevitably, he had to confront criticism over his extracurricular activities. However, the possibility of a cabinet appointment in a Dewey administration became irrelevant when President Truman won the election in November.

Keywords:   Eisenhower, Robert T. McCracken, University of Pennsylvania, anticommunism, Senator Robert Taft, McCarthyism, Stalin

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