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    A MEMORIAL TO THE LATE SENATOR ROBERT TAFT -- MR. REPUBLICAN FROM OHIO -- WAS?

  • Description

    A MEMORIAL TO THE LATE SENATOR ROBERT TAFT -- MR. REPUBLICAN FROM OHIO -- WAS DEDICATED HERE TODAY...........

    THE MILLION_DOLLAR CARILLON --- HUNDRED_FOOT SHAFT OF WHITE MARBLE --- WAS BUILT BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION.........

    A BRONZE STATE OF SENATOR TAFT, STANDS AT THE FOOT OF THE TOWER..... FIVE_THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED THE DEDICATION -- INCLUDING FORMER PRESIDENT HOOVER, VICE_PRESIDENT NIXON........
    THE MEMORIAL IS THE ONLY ONE ACTUALLY ON THE CAPITOL BUILDING GROUNDS....... PRESIDENT EISENHOWER, THE MAN WHO WON-OUT, IN TAFT'S LAST BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY, WAS THE PRINCIPAL SPEAKER AT THE CEREMONY --- ALONG WITH FORMER PRESIDENT HOOVER...........

    "MR. CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT HOOVER, MR. VICE PRESIDENT, MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:"
    "IN HI SLONG CAREER OF PUBLIC SERVICE, ROBERT TAFT WAS MANY THINGS TO MANY PEOPLE. MANY HERE TODAY KNEW HIM AS A COLLEAGUE -- EITHER A TRUSTED LEADER OR A FORMIDABLE OPPONENT.

    "ALL KNEW HIM AS A COMMANDING FIGURE ON CAPITOL HILL, TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES HE WAS LIBERAL IN HIS CHAMPIONSHIP OF INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND OPPORTUNITY, BUT HE WAS ALSO THE VERY SYMBOL OF INFORMED AND RESPONSIBLE CONSERVATISM IN EVERYTHING AFFECTING THE NATION'S ECONOMY. HE WAS, BY HIS OWN DEFINITION, A POLITICIAN. AN ADMIRING NATION NOW ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE WAS INFINITELY MORE.

    "TO ME, SENATOR TAFT WAS THE VITAL LINK BETWEEN THE LEGISLATIVE AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCHES OF OUR GOVERNMENT IN THE EARLY PERIOD OF THIS ADMINISTRATION. DURING THOSE DAYS, WHENEVER I NEEDED HIM MOST, HE WAS THERE, WITH ALL HIS VAST KNOWLEDGE OF GOVERNMENT -- ALL HIS WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE. FOR THE GOOD OF ALL AMERICA, NO ONE GAVE OF HIMSELF MORE UNSTINTINGLY OR GENEROUSLY THAN DID ROBERT TAFT. AND, DOING THESE THINGS, HE GAVE, ALSO, TO ME AND TO MY ASSOCIATES IN THE CABINET, THE PRICELESS GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP. FOR ALL THIS, I AM HUMBLY, ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.

    "SO IT IS WITH A SENSE OF HIGH DISTINCTION AND HONOUR THAT I DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL TO ONE OF THE SENATE'S ILLUSTRIOUS MEMBERS -- AND BY THE SYMBOLIC PRESENTATION OF THESE KEYS TO THE VICE_PRESIDENT AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, I HEREBY TURN OVER THIS CUSTODY TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES."
    THEN, FORMER PRESIDENT HERBERT HOOVER SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3XZ26VB70NMYICXRR9ILJBZF7
    Media URN:
    VLVA3XZ26VB70NMYICXRR9ILJBZF7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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