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Cabinet Conference

George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Dwight David Eisenhower, 14 Oct 1890 - 28 Mar 1969
Leverett Saltonstall, 1 Sep 1892 - 17 Jun 1979
William Fife Knowland, 26 Jun 1908 - 23 Feb 1974
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Gelatin silver print
Image: 26.7 x 34cm (10 1/2 x 13 3/8")
Sheet: 26.5 x 33.8cm (10 7/16 x 13 5/16")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
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© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
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Even though his relationship with Dwight Eisenhower was difficult, Richard Nixon became one of the most consequential vice presidents in American history. During the 1952 campaign and afterward, Ike used Nixon to lead the "all-out combat" against the Democrats, which allowed the president to be above the fray, a seemingly nonpartisan head of state. Nixon also served as Ike's liaison with Congress, overseeing passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Bill and Ike's behind-the-scenes campaign against Senator Joseph McCarthy. He was also Ike's representative on highly visible international trips, such as his 1959 visit to Moscow for the opening of the American National Exhibition which produced the famous "kitchen debate." There, Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev traded inanities about which nation was winning the Cold War, a debate that was nonetheless a fascinating public event.
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