GEORGE D. AIKEN
The U.S. Senator types this letter to a constituent, thanking him for
supporting his view on the Vietnam war
Typed letter signed: "George D. Aiken", in blue ink, 8x10½.
March 18, 1968. New York City, New York. In full: "Dear Mr. Lowe:
Thank you for your note of March 13. I am glad to know you support the position
I have taken on the Viet Nam war and appreciate your interest in writing.
Sincerely yours". George David Aiken (1892-1984) was a
politician and farmer from Vermont. Developing a strong interest in agriculture
at an early age, Aiken became a member of the Putney branch of the Grange in
1906. He published Pioneering With Wildflowers in 1933 and
Pioneering With Fruits and Berries in 1936. He also served as
president of the Vermont Horticultural Society (1917-1918) and of the Windham
County Farm Bureau (1935-1936). A member of the Vermont House of
Representatives in1931, he kept that position until 1935. In 1936 he was
elected Governor of Vermont, serving from 1937 to 1941. During his
administration, Aiken reduced the state's debt, instituted a "pay-as-you-go"
road-building program, and convinced the federal government to abandon its plan
to control the Connecticut River Valley flood reduction projects. He was elected to the United States Senate on November 5, 1940, and
was re-elected in 1944, 1950, 1956, 1962, and 1968. He was a proponent of
many spending programs like Food Stamps and public works projects for rural
America, such as rural electrification, flood control and crop insurance.
He also had a great affection for the natural beauty of his home state, saying
"some folks just naturally love the mountains, and like to live up among them
where freedom of thought and action is logical and inherent." Normal mailing
folds. Stained on bottom margin. Light surface creases. Lightly toned.
Otherwise, fine condition.
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