Robert F. Wagner, 1877-1953

As a U.S. senator from New York from 1927 to 1949, Wagner was a prominent Christian Zionist. He introduced unsuccessful legislation in 1939 to admit 20,000 Jewish refugee children from Germany. He co-wrote a congressional resolution that passed in December 1945 to reaffirm U.S. support for a Jewish state, and he pushed President Harry Truman to reject the Morrison-Grady plan to limit the size and population of the Jewish portion of Palestine and keep it under British control.

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