Dagger and Scabbard
Dagger and Scabbard


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Weapons ➔ Dagger and Scabbard

Identifier:
117725
Description:
This dagger and sheath was a special gift of Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia to Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg in 1945 and a symbol of Vandenberg's movement from isolationism to internationalism during the changing times brought on by World War II.

Born in Grand Rapids, Senator Vandenberg served in the U. S. Senate from 1928 to 1951. His "speech heard round the world" declared his shift from isolationism to internationalism. This is seen through his efforts in establishing bipartisan support for many famous projects such as the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, and NATO. He died on April 18, 1951 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetary, Grand Rapids.
Date:
circa 1945
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg
Rights:
Links:
http://www.trumanlibrary.org/photographs/displayimage.php?pointer=54008
Exhibits/Programs
K is for Knives and Guns ()

K is for Knives and Guns ()
Makers/Donors
Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg
Born in Grand Rapids in 1884, Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg represented the state of Michigan as a United States Senator from 1928-1951. Vandenberg became interested in politics after receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1901 and serving as editor-in-chief of the Grand Rapids Herald from 1906-1928. After the death of US Senator Woodbridge Nathan Harris in 1928, Michigan governor Fred Green appointed Vandenberg to the vacant position. Vandenberg was then successfully elected for four consecutive terms in the US Senate under the Republican Party platform.
During his time representing Michigan, Vandenburg worked heavily on the Reapportionment Act of 1929, which requires redistricting of the US House of Representatives using information from the national census. He acted as a strong opponent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal measures in the 1930s, pursuing a policy of “fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, states’ rights, and reduced taxation.” Since 1929, he served on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is known for his “speech heard round the world” where he announced his decision to follow a policy of internationalism during World War II. Vandenberg is likely best known for the Vandenberg resolution, a 1948 agreement key to signing the North Atlantic Treaty, which established NATO. During and after World War II, Vandenberg was a champion of the Republican Party and gained much support for a presidential nomination, yet declined to run.
In 1950, Arthur Vandenberg developed cancer but maintained his service in the Senate until his death in April 1951. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Grand Rapids. 


Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg
Born in Grand Rapids in 1884, Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg represented the state of Michigan as a United States Senator from 1928-1951. Vandenberg became interested in politics after receiving his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1901 and serving as editor-in-chief of the Grand Rapids Herald from 1906-1928. After the death of US Senator Woodbridge Nathan Harris in 1928, Michigan governor Fred Green appointed Vandenberg to the vacant position. Vandenberg was then successfully elected for four consecutive terms in the US Senate under the Republican Party platform.
During his time representing Michigan, Vandenburg worked heavily on the Reapportionment Act of 1929, which requires redistricting of the US House of Representatives using information from the national census. He acted as a strong opponent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal measures in the 1930s, pursuing a policy of “fiscal responsibility, a balanced budget, states’ rights, and reduced taxation.” Since 1929, he served on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is known for his “speech heard round the world” where he announced his decision to follow a policy of internationalism during World War II. Vandenberg is likely best known for the Vandenberg resolution, a 1948 agreement key to signing the North Atlantic Treaty, which established NATO. During and after World War II, Vandenberg was a champion of the Republican Party and gained much support for a presidential nomination, yet declined to run.
In 1950, Arthur Vandenberg developed cancer but maintained his service in the Senate until his death in April 1951. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Grand Rapids. 

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