Eisenhower Commends Henderson

Pres. Applauds “Splendid Results” Of Oil Settlement

Arash Norouzi

The Mossadegh Project | August 7, 2018                        

U.S. Ambassador to Iran, Loy Wesley Henderson

On August 4, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower praised U.S. Ambassador Loy W. Henderson for his significant role in securing the Iran Oil Consortium Agreement.

Henderson had not only been heavily involved diplomatically with Premier Mohammad Mossadegh, but was a key figure in the illegal U.S.-sponsored overthrow of his government one year prior.

Writing from his favorite Georgia vacation spot, the Augusta National Golf Club, Eisenhower also sent congratulations to the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, regarding the highly consequential oil deal. As all messages were released publicly, they functioned as press releases as much as official White House correspondence.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower | Letters, Speeches, Etc.
U.S. State Department | Iran Documents (1951-1954)
Iran Oil Consortium | Archive of Documents (1953-1954)

186 ¶ Letter to Ambassador Loy W. Henderson on His Contribution to the Settlement of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Dispute.
August 4, 1954

Dear Mr. Ambassador:

I want you to know that I personally appreciate the splendid results of your work on the oil problem in Iran. Your knowledge of the situation, your resourcefulness, your judgment and your tireless patience in the face of repeated frustration contributed greatly to the happy arrangements which have now been worked out.

The present solution of the Anglo-Iranian oil dispute, for which you deserve such a large share of the credit, is a major achievement which will not only further our objectives in the Middle East but also contribute to our good relations with our European allies and our friends in other parts of the world as well.

I am most grateful to you for this successful effort on behalf of the Government and people of the United States.


NOTE: This letter to the American Ambassador to Iran was released at Augusta, Ga.

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

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Loy Henderson Talks Compensating Britain With Mossadegh | Jan. 28, 1953

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