Pres. Eisenhower Praises Hoover

Expresses “Deep Appreciation” For Oil Settlement

Arash Norouzi

The Mossadegh Project | August 1, 2018                       

Under Secretary of State Herbert Hoover, Jr. (1903-1969) On August 4, 1954, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, writing from his beloved Georgia vacation spot, the Augusta National Golf Club, congratulated Herbert Hoover, Jr., son of the 31st U.S. President, for his diligence in bringing the Iran Oil Consortium Agreement to a satisfactory conclusion.

On the same date, Eisenhower sent a similar note of praise to U.S. Ambassador Loy Henderson, and a friendly message to the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, regarding the highly consequential oil deal.

Iran Oil Consortium | Archive of Documents (1953-1954)

185 ¶ Letter to Herbert Hoover, Jr., on His Contribution to the Settlement of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Dispute.
August 4, 1954

Dear Herbert:

I want to express again my deep appreciation of your outstanding contribution to a realistic and equitable settlement of the Anglo-Iranian oil dispute which has so long been a threat to the stability of the Middle East.

My appreciation of the contribution you have made is enhanced by the fact that I have known something of the personal sacrifice you have made in order to assist us. I have in fact felt concerned, as the many months involved went by, by knowing that your absence from your own business affairs was extending far longer than we had originally planned. The fact that you chose, without urging, to stay with the problem until its solution, has been a great source of satisfaction to me and to members of the Cabinet.

The conclusion of this agreement, which promises to further progress in Iran as well as our objective of maintaining peace in the area, is due in significant measure to your expert knowledge of the international oil business, to your persistence and to your skillful diplomacy.

I am personally grateful to you.


Note: Mr. Hoover served as Consultant to the Secretary of State on international oil matters. The letter was released at Augusta, Ga.

• [Released August 7, 1954. Dated August 4, 1954]


Related links:

Herbert Hoover, Jr’s Letter To Iranian Foreign Minister Abdollah Entezam (Oct. 1954)

Premier Mossadegh’s Final Message To Pres. Eisenhower | May 28, 1953

Iranian Oil Agreement | State Dept. press release (Oct. 28, 1954)

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