Charles Erwin Wilson
Charles Erwin Wilson (18 July 1890 – 26 September 1961) was an American businessman and politician. After working as the CEO of General Motors, he became the Secretary of Defense under President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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- For years I thought that what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa. The difference did not exist. Our company is too big. It goes with the welfare of the country. Our contribution to the nation is considerable.
- Confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee (1952), responding to Sen. Robert Hendrickson's question regarding conflicts of interest. Quoted in Safire's Political Dictionary (1978) by William Safire.
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Quotes about Wilson
- For nearly five years, the positive leadership, sound judgment, and unceasing efforts of Secretary of Defense Charles Erwin Wilson, have been major factors in strengthening the security of the United States and its allies against aggression.
Under his guidance, the effectiveness of the armed forces of the United States has been greatly increased. Their strategic deployment to endangered parts of the world has been a major factor in the preservation of peace. Military assistance programs, including the provision of modern weapons, carried out under his supervision, have bolstered the will and determination of our allies to resist aggression. The common defense of free nations has been greatly furthered by his frequent discussions with foreign leaders both abroad and at home.
- U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in the citation accompanying his Medal of Freedom (9 October 1957).