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Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (July 5, 1902 – February 27, 1985) was a Republican United States senator from Massachusetts in both Senate seats in non-consecutive terms of service and a United States ambassador. He was considered for the vice presidency, most significantly in 1952 by Dwight Eisenhower. Later, largely due to Eisenhower's advice and encouragement, he ended up being chosen as the Republican nominee for Vice President in the 1960 presidential election alongside incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon. The Republican ticket narrowly lost to Democrats John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1964, Lodge won by a plurality a number of that years‘ party presidential primaries and caucuses on the strength of his name, reputation, and respect among many voters. This effort was encouraged and directed by low-budget but high-impact grassroots campaign by academic and political amateurs.

Born in Nahant, Massachusetts, Lodge was the grandson of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge and the great-grandson of Secretary of State Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen. After graduating from Harvard University, Lodge won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He defeated Democratic Governor James Michael Curley in 1936 to represent Massachusetts in the United States Senate. He resigned from the Senate in 1944 to serve in Italy and France during World War II. Lodge remained in the Army Reserve after the war and eventually rose to the rank of major general. In 1946, Lodge defeated incumbent Democratic Senator David I. Walsh to return to the Senate.

He led the Draft Eisenhower movement before the 1952 election and served as Eisenhower's campaign manager, ensuring that his candidate triumphed at the 1952 Republican National Convention. Eisenhower defeated Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson II in the general election, but Lodge lost his own re-election campaign to John F. Kennedy. Lodge was named as ambassador to the United Nations in 1953 and became a member of Eisenhower's Cabinet. Vice President Richard M. Nixon chose Lodge as his Vice-Presidential running mate in the 1960 presidential election, but the Republican ticket lost the close election.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy appointed Lodge to the position of Ambassador to South Vietnam, where Lodge supported the 1963 South Vietnamese coup. He continued to represent the United States in various countries under President Lyndon B. Johnson, President Nixon, and President Gerald Ford. Lodge led the U.S. delegation that signed the Paris Peace Accords with North Vietnam, leading to the end of the Vietnam War. He died in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1985.

Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Our ideal is to make her ever stronger and better and finer, because in that way alone, as we believe, can she be of the greatest service to the world's peace and to the welfare of mankind.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The Federal Reserve Act as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency. I do not like to think that any law can be passed that will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

What does the Flag mean? It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the man whose people have been here generations.

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We should never suffer Cuba to pass from the hands of Spain to any other European power.

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If that for which the Spanish Empire has stood since the days of Charles V is right, then everything for which the United States stands and has always stood is wrong.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

For we, too, have our ideals, even if we differ from those who have tried to establish a monopoly of idealism.

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She has great problems of her own to solve, very grim and perilous problems, and a right solution, if we can attain to it, would largely benefit mankind.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Look at the United States today. We have made mistakes in the past. We have had shortcomings. We shall make mistakes in the future and fall short of our own best hopes.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

I fear that the hearts of the vast majority of mankind would beat on strongly and steadily and without any quickening if the league were to perish altogether.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Are ideals confined to this deformed experiment upon a noble purpose, tainted, as it is, with bargains and tied to a peace treaty which might have been disposed of long ago to the great benefit of the world if it had not been compelled to carry this rider on its back?

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You may call me selfish if you will, conservative or reactionary, or use any other harsh adjective you see fit to apply, but an American I was born, an American I have remained all my life.

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But it is well to remember that we are dealing with nations every one of which has a direct individual interest to serve, and there is grave danger in an unshared idealism.

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It sets its face rightfully against the doctrines of the Anarchist and the Communist, who seek to solve the social problems not by patient endeavor, but by brutal destruction.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Internationalism, illustrated by the Bolshevik and by the men to whom all countries are alike provided they can make money out of them, is to me repulsive.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Our ideal of the future is that she should continue to render that service of her own free will.

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Contrast the United States with any country on the face of the earth today and ask yourself whether the situation of the United States is not the best to be found.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The Pilgrim and the Puritan whom we honor tonight were men who did a great deal of work in the world. They had their faults and their -- shortcomings, but they were not slothful in business and they were most fervent in spirit.

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If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Lincoln did more than any other man to put the stamp of righteousness, to put the stamp of compassion, on the name of America.

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Washington's entire honesty of mind and his fearless look into the face of all facts are qualities which can never go out of fashion and which we should all do well to imitate.

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Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.

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Whatever may be said as to our relations to some other countries, I think the relations of this country to Spain offer no ties of gratitude or of blood.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

New England has a harsh climate, a barren soil, a rough and stormy coast, and yet we love it, even with a love passing that of dwellers in more favored regions.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Animosity is not a policy.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Standing, as I believe the United States stands for humanity and civilization, we should exercise every influence of our great country to put a stop to that war which is now raging in Cuba and give to that island once more peace, liberty, and independence.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

I would rather see the United States respected than loved by other nations.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

I have loved but one flag and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for the League of Nations.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

We would not have our politics distracted and embittered by the dissensions of other lands.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

We would not have our country's vigour exhausted or her moral force abated, by everlasting meddling and muddling in every quarrel, great and small, which afflicts the world.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The United States is the world's best hope, but if you fetter her in the interests and quarrels of other nations, if you tangle her in the intrigues of Europe, you will destroy her power for good and endanger her very existence.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The time given to athletic contests and the injuries incurred on the playing field are part of the price which the English-speaking race has paid for being world conquerors.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Meet the sun every morning as if it could cast a ballot.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

It has been well said that a hungry man is more interested in four sandwiches than four freedoms.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

As you begin your tour of the United States, you may as well know that one American national trait which irritates many Americans and must be convenient for our critics is that we relentlessly advertise our imperfections.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The primary, the fundamental, the essential purpose of the United Nations is to keep peace. Everything it does which helps prevent World War III is good. Everything which does not further that goal, either directly or indirectly, is at best superfluous.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

The fact that the talk may be boring or turgid or uninspiring should not cause us to forget the fact that it is preferable to war.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Membership of the United Nations gives every member the right to make a fool of himself, and that is a right of which the Soviet Union in this case has taken full advantage.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

May the United Nations ever be vigilant and potent to defeat the swallowing up of any nation, at any time, by any means-by armies with banners, by force or by fraud, by tricks or by midnight treachery.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

This organization is created to prevent you from going to hell. It isn't created to take you to heaven.

--Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

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