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Why Did William Jackson Serve Only 129 Days As Head Of NSC?

February 15, 2017

As my readers might imagine our home is a constant buzz of conversations about a whole range of issues of the day.  When James has a question about something I try to supply an answer.  A real answer–without alternative facts.  So when he asked about the next shortest term for a national security adviser following the ouster of Michael Flynn I had to admit I did not know.  I was able to tell him of the longest one–Henry Kissinger–but that was not the question.

So today in the newspaper a chart was printed to show a whole array of NSC advisers.  The answer for James’ question goes back to the time of President Eisenhower and the 129 day term of William Jackson.  As to why the term was so short might have to do with the volume of work that he was involved with over his time of service.

In 1953, Jackson was appointed Chairman of President Eisenhower’s Committee on International Information Activities, often known inside the Beltway as the Jackson Committee (1953-1954) which led to creation of the US Information Agency (USIA). In December 1955 Jackson resigned from J. H. Whitney & Co. and was named ‘Special Assistant to the Secretary of State’ John Foster Dulles to attend the 1955 Big Four talks in Geneva. In February 1956 Jackson was appointed special assistant to President Eisenhower on psychological warfare, succeeding Nelson Rockefeller. Jackson served briefly as United States National Security Adviser from September 1, 1956 until January 7, 1957.


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