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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:924
AUTHOR:Dwight David Eisenhower (1890–1969)
QUOTATION:Biggest damfool mistake I ever made.
ATTRIBUTION:DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, referring to his appointment of Earl Warren as chief justice of the Supreme Court.—Fred Rodell, “The Complexities of Mr. Justice Fortas,” The New York Times Magazine, July 28, 1968, p. 12.

  William B. Ewald, Jr., research assistant for Eisenhower’s memoirs, says in Eisenhower the President, p. 95 (1981), “I myself once, and once only, heard him say in Gettysburg in 1961, ‘The two worst appointments I ever made came out of recommendations from the Justice Department: that fellow who headed the Antitrust Division, Bicks, and Earl Warren.’”
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