David E. Lilienthal

David E. Lilienthal before a Senate committee in 1937
David E. Lilienthal listens to testimony at a Congressional hearing in 1938 called to investigate charges brought against the TVA by its former chair, Arthur E. Morgan.
David E. Lilienthal (right) met with General Leslie R. Groves (left), Director of the Manhattan Project, at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on October 1, 1946, to discuss the transfer of responsibility for atomic energy to the new Atomic Energy Commission, which President Harry S. Truman nominated Lilienthal to chair.

American attorney and public administrator, best known for his Presidential Appointment to head Tennessee Valley Authority and later the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

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United States Atomic Energy Commission

Agency of the United States government established after World War II by U.S. Congress to foster and control the peacetime development of atomic science and technology.

President Harry S. Truman signs the Atomic Energy Act of 1946
David E. Lilienthal, who chaired the AEC from its creation until 1950
Gordon Dean, who chaired the AEC from 1950 to 1953
Dr. Joseph G. Hamilton was the primary researcher for the human plutonium experiments done at U.C. San Francisco from 1944 to 1947. Hamilton wrote a memo in 1950 discouraging further human experiments because the AEC would be left open "to considerable criticism", since the experiments as proposed had "a little of the Buchenwald touch".
President Dwight D. Eisenhower with AEC chair Lewis Strauss in 1954
AEC chair John A. McCone presents the Enrico Fermi Award to Glenn T. Seaborg in 1959. Seaborg succeeded McCone as AEC chair in 1961.
AEC chair Glenn T. Seaborg with President John F. Kennedy in 1961
AEC chair James R. Schlesinger with President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon at the AEC's Hanford Site in 1971
Dixy Lee Ray, last person to chair the AEC, with Robert G. Sachs, director of the Argonne National Laboratory

President Truman appointed David Lilienthal as the first Chairman of the AEC.

Tennessee Valley Authority

Federally owned electric utility corporation in the United States.

TVA poster at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Tennessee Valley Authority Surplus/Deficit
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the TVA Act
TVA's first board (L to R): Harcourt Morgan, Arthur E. Morgan, and David E. Lilienthal
Workers at the site of Norris Dam, the first hydroelectric dam built by the TVA, circa 1933
A carpenter (wearing a contractor's employee badge) at work during the 1942 construction of the Douglas Dam in East Tennessee.
John Sevier Fossil Plant in Hawkins County circa 1956
Considered one of the TVA's most ambitious projects, Timberlake, a planned city along the Tellico Reservoir was proposed to support 30,000 residents. The project was cancelled following soon after the Tellico Project's controversy.
Artistic rendering of the small modular reactor (SMR) facility at the Clinch River Nuclear Site, the first of several to be constructed as part of TVA's New Nuclear Program approved in early 2022.
The twin cooling towers and reactor containment buildings of TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Plant north of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Ronald Reagan, fired by General Electric after criticizing TVA.

Under the leadership of David E. Lilienthal, the TVA also became the global model for the United States' later efforts to help modernize agrarian societies in the developing world.

Acheson–Lilienthal Report

The Report on the International Control of Atomic Energy was written by a committee chaired by Dean Acheson and David Lilienthal in 1946 and is generally known as the Acheson–Lilienthal Report or Plan.

Morton, Illinois

Village in Tazewell County, Illinois, United States.

David E. Lilienthal, public administrator; appointed to lead the Tennessee Valley Authority and later the Atomic Energy Commission

Michigan City, Indiana

City in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States.

The Franklin Street Bridge was built in 1909 and collapsed within one month.
Michigan City East Light on Lake Michigan, one of the few remaining lighthouses in Indiana.
Blue Chip is Indiana's largest riverboat casino.
Michigan City Courthouse
Michigan City City Hall
A South Shore train passes Cedar Street at 11th.

David E. Lilienthal, Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority 1941–1946; Chairman, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1947–1949

Wendell Willkie

American lawyer, corporate executive, and the 1940 Republican nominee for President.

Willkie (right) and David E. Lilienthal
Willkie testifying before a congressional committee, 1939
Willkie on the cover of Time magazine, July 31, 1939
Campaign pin
Willkie (right) with running mate Charles McNary
Willkie formally accepts his nomination at a ceremony in Elwood, Indiana August 17, 1940
"Willkie for President" poster
The results of the election, with those states taken by Willkie in red
Roosevelt asked Willkie to serve as his informal envoy in Britain.
Willkie with Admiral Sir Henry Harwood, Alexandria, Egypt
Willkie's home in Rushville, Indiana, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993
Plaque dedicated to Willkie outside the main branch of the New York Public Library

TVA head David Lilienthal was impressed by Willkie, who left him "somewhat overwhelmed" and "pretty badly scared".

Valparaiso, Indiana

City and the county seat of Porter County, Indiana, United States.

Fairground Park and the walking circuit
Valplayso
The Popcorn Festival

David E. Lilienthal, politician

United States Congressional Joint Committee on Atomic Energy

United States congressional committee that was tasked with exclusive jurisdiction over "all bills, resolutions, and other matters" related to civilian and military aspects of nuclear power from 1946 through 1977.

The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin and ranking member John Warner in 2007 hearing opening statements during a confirmation hearing for a position in the Department of Defense.

Bourke Hickenlooper (R-IA), 1946–68: Ranking Senator throughout much of its early history; chairman of the JCAE from 1947–48. In 1949, he led a campaign accusing AEC chairman David E. Lilienthal of "incredible mismanagement" of the US nuclear complex.

Bourke B. Hickenlooper

American attorney and politician from the U.S. state of Iowa.

In this capacity, Hickenlooper questioned the whereabouts of missing uranium from an AEC laboratory in Illinois and urged the removal of AEC chairman David Lilienthal, who claimed no knowledge of the incident.

Indus Waters Treaty

Water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan, arranged and negotiated by the World Bank, to use the water available in the Indus River and its tributaries.

In 1951, David Lilienthal, formerly the chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority and of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, visited the region to write a series of articles for Collier's magazine.