Statement Released to the Press by the White House, February 13, 194515a

United States Delegation16

The President announced on February 13 that he will invite the following to be the members of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Conference on April 25, 1945 at San Francisco: Secretary of State Stettinius, Chairman; the Honorable Cordell Hull; Senator Connally; Senator Vandenberg; Representative Bloom; Representative Eaton; Commander Harold Stassen; Dean Virginia Gildersleeve.

Mr. Hull also will serve as senior adviser to the United States Delegation.17

  1. Reprinted from Department of State Bulletin, February 18, 1945, p. 217.
  2. President Roosevelt, while at Yalta Conference, had approved on February 11 the recommended list of eight delegates; see Conferences at Malta and Yalta, pp. 795 and 941. Formal invitations were sent by President Roosevelt to the respective delegates several days after the public announcement, as he explained in his letter of February 28 to Secretary Stettinius, “due to the unavoidable delay in my return to Washington from the Crimea Conference.” (500.CC/2–2845) For a complete list of American officials at the Conference, see The United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, California, April 25 to June 26, 1945, Selected Documents (Department of State publication No. 2490), pp. 25–34; also UNCIO Documents, vol. i, pp. 39–44. For additional information on the selection and work of the United States Delegation, see Postwar Foreign Policy Preparation, pp. 414–423.
  3. On account of ill health, Mr. Hull was unable to participate actively in the work of the Delegation either prior to, or during, the Conference; however, he was in close touch with the work of the Delegation and frequently offered his advice by telephone and telegraph.