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Destroyers For Bases Agreement, September 2, 1940

September 2, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Destroyers for Bases Agreement. Under the terms of the Agreement, the United States gave the British 50 obsolete destroyers in exchange for 99-year leases to territory in Newfoundland and the Caribbean. The territories would be used as United States air and naval bases. Substantial legal obstacles complicated the deal. Attorney General Robert H. Jackson and his colleagues spent much of the summer of 1940 trying to resolve some of these issues. Jackson's Acquisition of Naval and Air Bases in Exchange for Over-Age Destroyers was presented on August 27, 1940.


Say I Taught Thee: The Life of Mary R. Willard

One of Robert H. Jackson's greatest mentors was his high school English teacher Mary R. Willard. She had a profound impact on his character.... a character that would carry him far and influence our Nation and the world. Jackson often referred to his relationship with Mary as one of the most important of his life, and their friendship lasted until her death in 1931.