The Presidency: The New Secretary

My Dear Mr. President:

I regret that it is necessary for me to submit my resignation as Secretary of State . . . I shall never forget your kindness, and I submit this resignation "with affectionate regard and great respect.

In the Oval Room of the White House last week, President Truman read to his press conference these soldierly words from George Catlett Marshall. The President was grave as he went on reading his own written reply. Suddenly Truman grew impatient with the inadequacy of his own words. He looked up to reporters and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!