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PETER BRENNAN. Typed Letter signed: "Peter J. Brennan" as Secretary of Labor, 1p, 7x9. Washington, D.C., 1974 September 26. On official letterhead to Danny Franklin, Phoenix, Arizona. In full: "Thank you for your letter of September 10, 1974 and for your kind remarks. Per your request, I am enclosing an autographed photo. [not included]With best wishes. Sincerely". A leader of New York City's building and construction workers, Brennan (1918-1990) gained prominence as an outspoken opponent of affirmative action in the building trades. When New York Mayor John Lindsay ordered city flags lowered after the shooting of anti-war students at Kent State University (May 1970), Brennan helped organize counter-demonstrations which became known as the "hard hat riots." He led a union delegation which presented a hard hat to President Nixon. After helping deliver a greatly increased share of the union vote in New York State to President Nixon in his re-election campaign, Brennan was named Secretary of Labor (1973-1975). Fine condition.

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Born: May 24, 1918 in New York City, New York
Died: October 2, 1996 in Massapequa, New York

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