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Sherman Adams in The 1950s

Sherman Adams (1899-1986) was an important political adviser to President Eisenhower. As governor of New Hampshire, Adams was one of the moderate eastern Republicans who first urged Ike to run for president.

When Eisenhower became president, he appointed Adams as his chief of staff. Because the former general ran a tight, structured administration, Adams gained a great deal of power as the person who controlled access to the president. Eisenhower relied on the fiscally frugal Adams to give advice and keep the administration operating smoothly. When Adams was forced to resign in 1958 for accepting questionable gifts, his boss greatly missed him.

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