National Affairs: Ed & Mr. Mansure

In the White House mail one recent morning, there was a letter to President Eisenhower from General Services Administrator Edmund F. (for Forsman) Mansure. After describing the really fine job he thought he had done as head of the U.S. Government's mammoth purchasing, housekeeping and property-managing agency, Mansure wrote that he was resigning for "personal" reasons. He signed himself "Ed." With pointed promptness, the President shot back a letter to "Mr. Mansure," coolly accepting the resignation. From the exchange, outsiders could guess what insiders knew: before Ed had taken pen in hand, he had been summoned to the White House and...

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