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Memorandum for the Under Secretary of War [Patterson]
February 25, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
The Floor Leader of the House, Congressman McCormack, called me up a few minutes ago to protest against the location of a $5,000,000 assembly plant in the district of Congressman Lambertson, of Kansas. He stated that Lambertson had been a rabid opponent of the President and of his policies, and continues to be a caustic critic. Therefore he, McCormack, felt that it was most unfortunate to hand him another war installation,—the previous one being the Air Base at Topeka. He favored the location of the plant in the district of Congressman Houston, of Wichita.1
I told Mr. McCormack that these matters were in your hands and not in mine, that my concern was directed towards the vulnerability of the plant to hostile attack. However, he insisted on making this appeal to me.
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. William P. Lambertson, a Republican, represented the First District in northeast Kansas; he was the third-ranking minority member of the House Appropriations Committee. John M. Houston, the Kansas congressional delegation’s only Democrat, represented the Fifth District in the south-central portion of the state. McCormack may also have been worried by the fact that Houston was elected in 1940 with the smallest margin of victory (52.5 percent) of any of the seven Kansas congressmen. He was not reelected in 1942.
Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 111-112.