63. Editorial Note
On August 1, 1960, the Republic of Dahomey became independent. A message of that date from President Eisenhower to Prime Minister Hubert Maga was delivered by Consul General at Abidjan Donald R. Norland; for text, see Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960–61, page 608. Telegram 45 from Abidjan, August 3, reported delivery of the message on August 2; the delay was due to the late arrival of the telegram authorizing delivery. (Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Project Clean Up, Africa—Republics) Norland presented his credentials as Chargé d’Affaires on August 1; see Department of State Bulletin, October 31, 1960, page 702. He was resident in Abidjan, as was the first Ambassador to Dahomey, J. Borden Reams, who presented his credentials on November 26.