Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg
Arthur H. Vandenberg was born in Grand Rapids on March 22, 1884. Poverty forced him to work a variety of jobs as a youth, but in 1906 he was editor of the Grand Rapids Herald. In 1928, Governor Fred Green appointed him to the United States Senate, a position he held until his death in 1951. In the 1930s Vandenberg fathered the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and supported isolationism. However, during World War II he decided that international involvement was unavoidable, and in 1945 he helped draft the United Nations Charter. A lifelong Republican, he was a post-war advocate of bi-partisan foreign policy. He lead Senate support of aid to Greece and Turkey and the Marshall Plan. His "Vandenberg Resolution" paved the way for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and The Military Assistance Program.