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The 16th Governor of Arizona signed this typed letter from his office in Phoenix
Typed Letter Signed: “Bruce Babbitt”. 7¼x10½. Dated June 8, 1979. One page. Features “Office of the Governor” letterhead. In Full: Thank you for your letter. I apologize for not having responded sooner, but the press of business during the legislative session was considerable. I have enclosed a quote of Theodore Roosevelt which is a favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy it”. Bruce Babbitt (b. 1938) began his political career as Attorney General for the state of Arizona, an elected position he held from 1975 to 1978. Due to the death of Governor Wesley Bolin, Babbitt was named Governor. He was elected to a second term, allowing him to serve the state until 1987. In a surprising decision during his governorship, Babbitt declined to run for the United States Senate against eventual winner John McCain. He announced his plan to run for the Oval Office in 1988, a campaign that withered that year. In 1993, Babbitt was tapped by newly elected President Bill Clinton to serve as the Secretary of the Interior. He held the position for the entirety of Clinton's tenure. In 2005, the former politician wrote a book, called Cities in the Wilderness: A New Vision of Land Use in America, that proposes a new strategy to conserve our ecosystems. Mailing creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: June 27, 1938 in Flagstaff, Arizona

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