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Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965), Representative from the ... Image 1

Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965), Representative from the United States to the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission

Charcoal and graphite on paper
Credit Line
Gift of Robert McLean, 1980
10 ¼ x 6 ¾ in.

Description & Inscriptions

Baruch made his fortune on Wall Street and came to be known as the "Park Bench Statesman". He was an economic adviser during two World Wars and a confidant to six presidents. In 1946 President Harry S. Truman appointed Baruch representative to the UN Atomic Energy Commission. Baruch College of the City University of New York was named for him._x000D_
In 1946 Oakley wrote, "The very last meeting that I was able to attend in June was the opening session of the Commission on control of Atomic Energy, at which Bernard Baruch presented the United States plan. With my other drawings in the corridor is a small pencil sketch of him -with exciting quotations for his speech written all around it: One felt that this was perhaps the most fateful and critical moment in history. Baruch opened by saying: 'We have come to choose between the Quick and the Dead. . . the Bomb waits not on debate. . . as there is no possible defense. . . it means not only the outlawing of the Atomic Bomb but the outlawing of war itself!'"_x000D_


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