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Henry Wallace
Wallace
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Religion: Protestantism (fluctuated between denominations)
Date of Birth: 1888
Date of Death: 1965
Cause of Death: Lou Gehrig's disease
Occupation: Politician, Farmer
Parents: Henry C. Wallace, May Brodhead Wallace
Spouse: Ilo Browne
Children: Henry Browne Wallace

Jean Wallace Robert Browne Wallace

Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance;
Tilting the Balance;
Upsetting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Date of Birth: 1888
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Killed in the explosive-metal bombing of Seattle
"News From the Front"
POD: December 8, 1941
Type of Appearance: Direct
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Return Engagement
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Henry Agard Wallace (October 7, 1888 – November 18, 1965), an Iowan, was the 33rd Vice President of the United States (1941–5), the 11th Secretary of Agriculture (1933–40), and the 10th Secretary of Commerce (1945–6). A staunchly liberal person who had regarded Russian artist Nicholas Roerich as a "guru" in the 1930s, Wallace was removed from the ticket in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt under pressure from more conservative Democrats. Wallace himself was the Progressive Party and American Labor Party's nominee for the presidency in 1948. He carried fourth place in the election by carrying over a million popular votes but carried no electoral votes.

Henry Wallace in WorldwarEdit

Henry Wallace (1888-1944) served as Vice President of the United States from 1941 until 1944. He was killed when the Race destroyed the city of Seattle with an explosive-metal bomb.[1] He predeceased President Franklin D. Roosevelt by a few months. When Roosevelt died of a stroke, Secretary of State Cordell Hull succeeded to the presidency.

Henry Wallace in "News From the Front"Edit

In May, 1942, Vice President Henry Wallace publicly broke with President Franklin D. Roosevelt over the the country's participation in World War II. Wallace first called for a timetable for victory, suggesting that if the U.S. hadn't won in 18 months, the country should withdraw from the war altogether. Wallace was also dubious about the USA's ability to feed the world in the event of victory.[2]

Later that month, with rumors of Roosevelt's impeachment in the air, Wallace claimed that Roosevelt had been dishonest with the American people in the lead-up to the country's entry into the war, and promised that if he were to become president, he would negotiate a peace.[3]. While the Roosevelt Administration retorted that Wallace's criticism was benefiting the enemy, Wallace steadfastly explained that he was telling the people the truth.[4]

In June, 1942, the House had taken the first steps towards impeaching Roosevelt. Wallace acknowledged that he would probably be president if Roosevelt was removed from office, but promised that only peace could get the country back on track.[5]

Henry Wallace in Southern VictoryEdit

Henry "Hank" Wallace was the United States Secretary of the Interior under President Al Smith. As such, he knew about the project to build a superbomb in Hanford, Washington. When Congresswoman Flora Blackford discovered the discrepancy in the budget that funded the project, she made several calls to the Department of the Interior, including Wallace's office. However, when a response came, it was not from Wallace, but from Franklin Roosevelt, the Assistant Secretary of War.[6]

Wallace served until President Smith was killed in 1942. Wallace resigned, and was replaced by Harry Hopkins.[7][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Upsetting the Balance, p. 435, HC.
  2. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 106, HC.
  3. Ibid., pg. 109-110.
  4. Ibid., pg. 110.
  5. Ibid., pg. 119.
  6. Return Engagement, pg. 449-450, HC.
  7. Drive to the East, pgs. 133-134, HC.
  8. Some speculation is necessary here; see "Inconsistencies" for more information.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
John Nance Garner
Vice President of the United States
1941-1945
Succeeded by
Harry Truman
Preceded by
Jesse Holman Jones
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
1945-1946
Succeeded by
W. Averell Harriman
Preceded by
Arthur M. Hyde
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
1933-1940
Succeeded by
Claude R. Wickard
Party political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
John Nance Garner
Democratic vice presidential nominee
1940 (won)
Succeeded by
Harry S. Truman
Preceded by
Franklin D. Roosevelt
American Labor presidential nominee
1948 (lost)
Succeeded by
Vincent Hallinan
New political party Progressive presidential nominee
1948 (lost)
Political offices
(Southern Victory)
Preceded by
Unknown
Secretary of the Interior for the United States
1937-1942
(dates approximate)
Succeeded by
Harry Hopkins
Political offices
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
John Nance Garner
Vice President of the United States
("News From the Front")

1941-194?
Succeeded by
Incumbent at story's end, 1942
Political offices
(Worldwar)
Preceded by
John Nance Garner
Vice President of the United States
1941-1944
Succeeded by
Unknown;
Next Known is
Harold Stassen

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