LESLIE R. GROVES Autograph Note signed with his initials Autograph Note signed: “In accordance with/your request/LRG.”, 1p, 4×5½. On personal letterhead as Lt. General. Leslie Robert Groves (1896-1970), an army engineer who retired as a Lieutenant General, graduated fourth in the West Point class of 1918. This capable, hard-driving administrator’s success on projects like construction of the Pentagon led to his appointment (September 1942) to head the wartime effort to develop an atomic bomb. Grove himself chose the code name: Manhattan Project. Groves was no figurehead. His duties included selection of project sites, acquisition of raw materials, and creation of a bombing unit to deliver the weapon. He personally chose J. Robert Oppenheimer to head the scientific effort at Los Alamos. His energy and drive hastened the success of the project, making enemies in the process. Grove’s own account of the Manhattan Project, Now It Can Be Told, was published in 1962. Lightly creased. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 24194
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