Harold L. Ickes

(Harold LeClair Ickes)

Harold L. Ickes
Harold L. Ickes
  • Born: March 15, 1874
  • Died: February 3, 1952
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Harold LeClair Ickes was an American administrator and politician. He served as United States Secretary of the Interior for 13 years, from 1933 to 1946, the longest tenure of anyone to hold the office, and the second longest-serving Cabinet member in U.S. history after James Wilson. Ickes and Labor Secretary Frances Perkins were the only original members of the Roosevelt cabinet who remained in office for his entire presidency.

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... he [Thomas E. Dewey] is a political streetwalker accosting men with "come home with me dear. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Characterizing Harry S Truman:] Stupid! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Douglas] MacArthur is the type of man who thinks that when he gets to heaven, God will step down from the great white throne and bow him into His vacated seat. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Huey Long is] suffering from halitosis of the intellect. That's presuming Emperor Long has an intellect. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A New Dealer regrets poverty and deplores the fact that it is necessary for society to slough off its misfits as an individual sheds his impurities and his diseases. But New Dealers believe that human want and human distress should be prevented or at least ameliorated. Liberals & Conservatives
An American is one who will fight for his freedom and that of his neighbor. Freedom & Liberty
An American is one who will sacrifice property, ease and security in order that he and his children may retain the right of free men. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
As a matter of fact, it is the fascist minded men of America who are the real enemies of our institutions.... It is these men who, pretending that they would save us from communism, would superimpose upon America an equally dreaded fascism. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Businessmen are barbarians in suits. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Civilization as we know it could not continue to exist without oil. Energy
Dewey has thrown his diaper into the ring. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Genius draws no color line. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I am against government by crony.
I am thoroughly convinced that he is a lawless individual bent on building up a reputation for himself as a great builder, even at the expense of the President and the country. I think he is the greatest threat today to the president's reelection. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I can't speak for the OPC. I'm all balled up on all these initials. Bureaucracy
I have your reference to the text for the pamphlet descriptive of the Boulder Canyon Project for use at the Century of Progress Exposition. I would be glad if you will refer to the dam as 'Boulder Dam' in this pamphlet as well as in correspondence and other references to the dam as you may have occasion to make in the future. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I would dare to dispute the integrity of the President on any occasion my country's welfare demanded it.... The President is neither an absolute monarch nor a descendant of a sun goddess. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
If Eleanor Roosevelt has her way, how are we going to tell the rich from the poor? Equality & Equal Opportunity
In this great auditorium under the sky all of us are free. When God gave us this wonderful outdoors …, He made no distinction of race, or creed, or color. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
It is impossible to carry the American people along with you on a program of caution to forestall a threatening position. Public Opinion & Polling
It seems to me intolerable to allow private people to use public capital in order to make a guaranteed profit for themselves .... If private citizens won’t supply munitions of war at a reasonable profit and take pot luck with the rest of the citizens in the matter of taxation, then the government ought to build its own plants and conscript the necessary managers to run them. Military & Veterans
It would be just like him to wait for some expression of public opinion instead of giving direction to that public opinion. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The continued retention of these innocent people would he a blot upon the history of this country. Minorities & Women
The General is suffering from mental saddle sores. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The name of your organization must mean that you are committed to a policy of peace and the policy of democracy. War & Peace
The President [FDR] is willing to take what Congress will give him and Congress will give him only what big business is willing that he should have. Business, Commerce & Finance
The Wendell Willkie campaign sprang from the grassroots of the country clubs of America Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
While they shriek for "freedom of the press" when there is no slightest threat to that freedom, they deny to citizens that freedom from the press to which the decencies of life entitle them. They misrepresent, they distort, they color, they blackguard, they lie. Freedom & Liberty