By Jean Edward Smith
Original 12 months of publication: 1990
Soldier, statesman, logistical genius: Lucius D. Clay was once considered one of that new release of giants who devoted their lives to the carrier of this kingdom, performing with ironclad integrity and selflessness to win an international battle and safe a long-lasting peace. A member of the Army's elite Corps of Engineers, he was once tapped by means of FDR in 1940 to go up a crash software of airport development after which, in 1942, Roosevelt named him to run wartime army procurement. for 3 years, Clay oversaw the necessities of an eight-million-man military, surroundings priorities, negotiating contracts, tracking creation schedules and R&D, coordinating army Lend-Lease, taking out surplus property-all with out a breath of scandal. It was once an unparalleled task played to Clay's rigorous excessive criteria. As Eliot Janeway wrote: "No appointment used to be extra strategic or extra fortunate."
If, as head of army procurement, Caly used to be in influence the nation's financial czar, his activity as army Governor of a devastated Germany used to be, as John J. McCloy has phrased it, "the nearest factor to a Roman proconsulship the fashionable global afforded." In 1945, Germany was once in ruins, its political and felony buildings a shambles, its management suspect. Clay needed to care for every little thing from de-Nazification to quarrelsome allies, from feeding a ravenous humans to processing colossal numbers of homeless and displaced. notably, he needed to persuade a doubting American public and a adversarial nation division that German restoration was once necessary to the soundness of Europe. In doing so, he used to be to conflict time and again with Marshall, Kennan, Bohlen, and Dulles not just on the way to deal with the Germans but additionally on the best way to care for the Russians.
In 1949, Clay stepped down as army Governor of Germany and Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe. He left in the back of a rustic good that allows you to complete restoration. And if Germany is this day either a bulwark of balance and an financial and political good fortune tale, a lot of the credits is because of Clay and his using vision.
Lucius Clay went directly to play key roles in company and politics, advising and dealing with presidents of either events and placing his huge, immense organizing abilities and attractiveness to stable use on behalf of his state, no matter if he was once aiding run Eisenhower's 1952 crusade, heading up the federal road application, elevating the ransom cash for the Bay of Pigs prisoners, or boosting morale in Berlin within the face of the Wall. The Berliners in flip by no means forgot their debt to Clay. on the foot of his West element grave, they put an easy stone capsule: Wir Danken Dem Bewahrer Unserer Freiheit - We Thank the Defender of Our Freedom.
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19 The town grew chaotically, with wooden buildings appearing at the whim of their owners who sometimes ignored the platted dirt streets. Mud was a perennial problem, especially in the spring and fall, and, of course, if the winter was not cold enough, the endless mud pits did not freeze over. Most houses huddled near the river, and sanitation presented a problem. The corner of State and Madison seemed far from the town center. Early residents, even Yankees, often dressed in deerskin and at times painted their faces like Native Americans.
Parmalee and Company Omnibus Line, 1855. 23 In many ways Chicago remained a frontier settlement. No public transportation existed, so many Chicagoans lived near or in the same building in which they worked. This “walking-city” meant congestion and the unintended integration of Chicago by race, ethnicity, and social class. Until the 1850s, Chicago remained very much a male city. Few institutions for the young, such as schools, existed. A more equitable gender balance grew in the 1850s as the city acquired the characteristics of a nonfrontier settlement.
The Aurora Branch in September 1850. ” Within seven years, Chicago became the center of the nation’s railroad industry. In 1855, seventeen railroad lines made their way to and from the city, including the new vital rail connection to the East Coast. The federal government gave out massive land grants to the railroads as they soon fulfilled their promise to unite the country with a national market as rail lines reached out from Chicago in every direction. Nothing succeeds like success, and soon other railroads radiated from the city.
Lucius D. Clay: An American Life by Jean Edward Smith