SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN FOSTER DULLES WRITES FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE CORDELL HULL: "It was an inspiration to me to be able to sit down with you and talk over problems and events...." SIX MONTHS LATER HE ORCHESTRATED THE 1953 IRAN COUP D'ETAT!
John Foster Dulles (1888-1959) Typed Letter Signed, "John Foster Dulles", 7 x 9, on "The Secretary of State, Washington" letterhead with embossed seal, February 18, 1953, written to former Secretary of State Cordell Hull regarding a recent meeting, by the American diplomat. A Republican, he served as United States Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an aggressive stance against communism throughout the world. He also helped instigate the 1953 Iranian coup d'etat known in Iran as the 28 Mordad coup d'état, which overthrew the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favor of strengthening the monarchical rule of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi on 19 August 1953. The meeting mentioned in this letter probably included a discussion of the pending Iranian coup d'etat. In fine condition, with minor age toning, and a couple of small spots.
Cordell Hull (1871-1955) was an American politician from Tennessee best known as the longest-serving U.S. Secretary of State, holding the position for 11 years in the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt during most of World War II.