WILLIAM E. “BILL” BROCK III
The United States Senator from Tennessee signed this letter and sent it to
Mr. W. Ernst Minor with some friendly banter
Typed Letter Signed: “Bill” in blue ink on an 8x10½ sheet of paper. One page.
Dated October 12, 1971. In Part: “(2) My fellow Tennesseean was no problem
on the Kup / Show. Don't be concerned about it. / (3) Go to Hell!”. The letter
was sent to Mr. W. Ernst Minor, an employee of the Republican National
Committee. The interjection that ends the letter can be taken as in jest, although
it's rare to see joking remarks such as these on official United States Senate
letterhead. Bill Brock (b. 1930) represented Tennessee in the United States
House of Representatives (1963-1971) and Senate (1971-1977). In his winning
Senate race, he beat country singer Tex Ritter in the Republican primary and then
upset 3-term Senator Albert Gore, Sr. in the general election. He lost his bid for
re-election, but went on to hold other political posts: United States Trade
Representative (1981-1985) and Secretary of Labor under President Ronald
Reagan (1985-1987). Brock resigned from the Cabinet to manage Senator Bob
Dole's 1988 Presidential campaign. Brock was accused of financial
mismanagement and Dole's campaign was unsuccessful. Mailing creases.
Otherwise, fine condition.